31 Jan '11, 3am

China growth positive for Japan: Kan - Straits Times

BEIJING - JAPANESE Prime Minister Naoto Kan's statement 'welcoming' China overtaking his nation as the world's second-largest economy points to a positive and strong change in future China-Japan relations, according to analysts. Mr Kan made the comment at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which he visited on Saturday to address the VIP gathering. In his speech, Mr Kan said 'the world faces major changes that can be likened to a tectonic shift both in the national security and economic fields', and Asia is 'the centre of major tectonic changes'. Against this background, he said, the Japan-US alliance 'is becoming even more important' and should continue to play a key role in the Asia-Pacific region. 'For Japan, its relationship with China, which is expanding its influence in Asia as it achieves remarkable economic growth, is extremely important,' Mr Kan added....

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STISt...

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