The visit of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to be the highlight of Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum. Tokyo wants closer economic links with Moscow in the face of a rising China, and restart talks over the Kuril Islands territorial dispute.

 

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Abe is due to visit the Russian city of Vladivostok on Friday and Saturday. He will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and participate in the forum. The two sides are expected to discuss the economic cooperation plan proposed by Abe in Sochi earlier this year.

 

The plan has eight target areas of cooperation, including energy, technology, development of industries and export bases in the Russian Far East, and better people-to-people contact.

 

On Thursday, Abe gave the job of economic cooperation with Russia to Japan’s Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko, who will be with Abe in Vladivostok.