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Japan appoints new ambassador to China

11-26-2012 13:32 BJT

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Japan has finally confirmed its new ambassador to China. The search saw twists and turns due to a controversial plan announced by then Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara, to purchase the Diaoyu Islands in April.

A new envoy to Japan’s largest trading partner, Masato Kitera, the third ambassador appointed to China within a year after Uichiro Niwa, and Shinichi Nishimiya, is set to take his new post.

Since being appointed ambassador in 2010, Niwa held a seat on the Beijing International Entrepreneurs Advisory Board and was an economic advisor to the governor of northeast China’s Jilin Province. Economic ties between China and Japan during this period were robust.

But in April, 2012 , then Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara announced his plans to purchase the Diaoyu Islands. Niwa said the purchase could cause a crisis between China and Japan, jeopardizing economic ties.

Niwa’s words sparked controversy at home, resulting in his eventual dismissal.

Japan initially picked Shinichi Nishimiya, another career diplomat to replace Niwa. But before he could take up the role he collapsed in a Tokyo street in September and was taken to hospital, dying a few days later.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry said, Kitera’s appointment will take effect on Monday, setting him in the middle of the ongoing dispute over the Diaoyu Islands.

But Japanese media say his appointment is meant to show that Tokyo is serious about improving ties with its largest trading partner.

Masato Kitera, the third ambassador appointed to China within a year after Uichiro Niwa,
and Shinichi Nishimiya, is set to take his new post.

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said that she hopes the new ambassador will play a positive role in bilateral ties between Japan and China.

In addition, Hua reiterated that China has never accepted Japan’s so-called presence on, or control of, the waters adjacent to the Diaoyu Islands.


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