ASIA: Friends Again

Signing a peace treaty at last

After nearly half a century of tension and enmity, Japan and China officially buried their differences last week. Following a surprisingly quick breakthrough, representatives of the two countries signed a long-delayed Treaty of Peace and Friendship in Peking. It restores full economic, cultural and diplomatic relations between Tokyo and Peking for the first time since Japan invaded China in 1931, thus ending the technical state of war between them.

Diplomatic relations alone had been resumed in 1972 on the condition that the treaty be signed in the near future. But negotiations soon broke down when...

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