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Chinese PM in landmark Japan visit

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There has been a warm welcome in Tokyo for Wen Jiabao, the first Chinese Prime Minister to visit Japan in seven years.

His three day trip is being hailed as another sign of the thaw in historically turbulent relations between the regional rivals. Today he held talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Beijing had given the cold shoulder to Japan’s former premier Junichiro Koizumi, amid controversy over his visits to a shrine for the country’s war dead.

But since power changed hands last year, closer ties have developed. Japan’s new leader broke the ice by visiting China in October.

Thorny topics remain as the Asian powers move to repair relations. But today the talk was of co-operation – notably on energy and the environment.

Japan and China also agreed to look frankly at their troubled history, hoping to build mutual trust.