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Japan and China relations 50 years on

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESS Tokyo – 14 September 2022++16:9++1. Wide of Makiko Tanaka, former Japanese Foreign Minister and daughter of former Japanese Prime Minister, Kakuei TanakaHEADLINE TEXT: JAPAN & CHINA RELATIONS 50 YEARS ON2. Close of TanakaANNOTATION: Japan's former foreign minister, Makiko Tanaka, is the daughter of Kakuei Tanaka who normalized relations with China 50 years ago.ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Beijing, China – 29 September 1972++4:3++3. Various of then-Japanese Prime Minister, Kakuei Tanaka and Zhou Enlai, premier of China, signing documentANNOTATION: On Sept. 29, 1972 her father who was then-Prime Minister met his counterpart, Zhou Enlai, in Beijing to sign a joint communique. ANNOTATION: Tanaka said her father was prepared to risk his life to make amends with China over Japan's wartime aggression.ANNOTATION: But given tense ties between the two countries now, Tanaka says there is little hope for politics to mend the relationship.ASSOCIATED PRESS Tokyo – 14 September 2022++16:9++4. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Makiko Tanaka, former Japanese Foreign Minister and daughter of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka:"It will be the private sector. If business, scientists, and cultural exchanges were promoted more, there would be a sense of closeness."ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Beijing, China – 29 September 1972++4:3++5. Various of Tanaka and Zhou exchange of documents, shake hands, and make a toastANNOTATION: Kakuei Tanaka said leaving the China issue dangling is not good for the future of Japan and it's important to create a win-win situation for both countries.ANNOTATION: He faced fierce opposition in Japan against his trip to China and was prepared to resign if his mission failed.ANNOTATION: Over the past decade, the relationship between the two countries has been strained over territorial disputes and wartime history.ASSOCIATED PRESS Tokyo – 14 September 2022++16:9++6. SOUNDBITE (Japanese) Makiko Tanaka, former Japanese Foreign Minister and daughter of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka:"If you cooperate on something good, any country will definitely be on board. But we don't really have that (with China), instead we are just banding together and being confrontational."ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE: Beijing, China – 25 September 1972++4:3++7. Various of Zhou and TanakaANNOTATION: But since then, China has become Japan's biggest trade partner. ANNOTATION: Japan has given China more than $25 billion in development aid over the years.STORYLINE:The Japanese leader who normalized relations with China 50 years ago feared for his life when he flew to Beijing for the high-stakes negotiations at the height of the Cold War, according to his daughter, a former Japanese foreign minister. Kakuei Tanaka's mission to normalize relations with China just two months after taking office was a huge gamble, his daughter, Makiko Tanaka, said in an interview with The Associated Press ahead of the 50th anniversary Thursday of the historic communique that Tanaka signed with his counterpart, Zhou Enlai. The then-prime minister told his daughter before his departure that he would resign if his mission failed, recalled Makiko Tanaka, who served as foreign minister and in other key posts from 1993 to 2012. Opposition was so fierce in Japan, she said, that some ruling party hawks came to their home the day before the trip to try to stop him from leaving. He told his daughter that he feared being poisoned in China, which was a largely closed country in 1972. "If you cooperate on something good, any country will definitely be on board. But we don't really have that (with China), instead we are just banding together and being confrontational," Makiko Tanaka said. She raised worries about U.S.-led groupings of like-minded democracies, including Japan, as a counter to China, and cautioned against pushing Beijing toward closer ties with Russia.Tanaka, who was foreign minister in 2001-2002 under former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, criticized U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei in August for escalating tensions.Makiko Tanaka said an improvement in the current political relationship between Beijing and Tokyo is hopeless, but she is pushing for deeper ties in the private sector. She has been invited to speak at Qinghua University in Beijing, and she is planning to invite a Chinese delegation to visit her father’s tomb in his hometown of Niigata later this year.“If business, scientists and cultural exchanges were prompted more, there would be a sense of closeness” between the countries, Tanaka said. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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