Japan Tightens Russia Partnership in Face of Chinese Aggression

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a business conference in the port city of Vladivostok.

The Japanese Prime Minister intends to tighten the relations between the two countries in energy and technology as it prepares to face off against China.

Mr Abe will meet with the Russian President on Friday. Then Mr Putin is to visit Japan in December, confirmed by an anonymous Russian official.

Japan intends to use its Russian connections to help curb China’s increasing aggression as well as improving its energy situation with Russia’s natural resources. According to former Japanese Lawmaker Muneo Suzuki, broadening the economic ties with an eye for eventual resolution of the territorial law over islands in the Western Pacific claimed by Russia can allow the fusion of Russia’s energy resources and Japanese technological expertise.

According to Mr Suzuki, “As for Japan, we are importing oil and gas from the Middle East, which is some 10,000 km away. It would be in our national interest to procure them stably from Vladivostok or Sakhalin, which are just a stone’s throw away,” Suzuki told Reuters.

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