China and Japan have long been divided by disputes over history, territory and testiness over influence in the region. But with U.S. President Donald Trump coming into the picture, the two countries are slowly taking baby steps toward a better relationship with one another.
"What Trump represents was a real shock to the system of allies and the world," according to Nick Bisley, Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Ren Xiao, who is a professor of international relations at Fudan University in Shanghai had this to say, "We attach importance on our relationship with Japan. And now both sides want good relations."
A commentator from Fuji Television even claimed: "That smile was very different from the salty responses that Mr. Xi had shown in the past four meetings. And so the smile the Chinese president had during the photo opportunity speaks breakthrough for the two Asian powers."
Even though Japan and China might be moving forward, certain obstacles still remain.
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