China And Japan Inch Closer For Insurance Against Hurricane Trump

TOKYO -- Winter is over for the Sino-Japanese relationship, as ties warm by the day. - Earlier this week, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi greeted his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, in Beijing with a broad smile, something he had not previously flashed to Japanese officials. China had maintained a hard line on Japan since September 2012, when a wave of anti-Japanese demonstrations swept the country. Beside Wang was "Japan hand" Kong Xuanyou, the vice foreign minister soon to arrive in Tokyo to serve as ambassador - . The rapid rapprochement is not so much a result of neighbors pursuing deeper ties but more of an insurance policy - against the storm ahead, a storm otherwise known as U.S.

In an unusual flurry of diplomacy, influential Japanese figures have been visiting China one after another. Besides Kono's official visit, he and five other Japanese cabinet ministers -- including Hiroshige Seko, minister of economy, trade and industry -- attended the fifth Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue in Beijing. It is rare for so many government, LDP and Self-Defense Force officials to travel to China in such a short period of time. But despite the friendly atmosphere, the high-level dialogue stood out for a lack of notable agreements. The strange bedfellows did agree that the ship must go forward. So they now row in unison without seeming to look at each other.

As they do, they are fretting over another partner, the U.S. The uneasy warming of Sino-Japanese relations, therefore, is each other's insurance policy, a hedge against the uncertain nature of their trade relations with America. As in all insurance deals, the higher the risk, the higher the premium one must pay. When it comes to relations with the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping faces a higher premium than does Japan. The charm offensive toward Japan is part of this. The Chinese leader is keen to finalize a trade deal with President Trump, at a face-to-face meeting. But Xi cannot fully read the unpredictable U.S. The Sino-American struggle is casting other dark clouds.

The U.S. Commerce Department this month added 50 companies and entities to its "unverified list," of which 70% were Chinese companies and universities. American manufacturers now have to exercise extra caution to ensure their exports do not land at these unverified parties. American semiconductor production equipment maker Applied Materials has since stopped doing business with the Chinese entities added to the red flag list. This could disrupt supply chains and deliver a serious blow to China. It is unclear how the countries' trade talks can be brought to a successful conclusion in this environment. As a result, China is stepping up its overtures to its neighbors, who might be able to provide a diplomatic cushion if the trade stalemate with the U.S. Meanwhile, Japan will roll out the red carpet for Trump at the end of May.

The U.S. president will be the first state guest for Japan's new emperor, who ascends to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the beginning of May. While the risks evolving out of Japan-U - .S. U.S. and China, they do necessitate a small insurance policy. Were Japan to bear the brunt of the Trump administration's protectionist policies in future negotiations, it would like to think China's hefty markets could soften the blow. To prepare for such a scenario, Tokyo needs to persuade Beijing to improve the business conditions for Japanese companies operating there. As for diplomatic concessions, China has agreed in principle that Xi will visit Japan - at the end of June to attend the Group of 20 leaders summit - in Osaka. This will cost Beijing little.

G-20 summits offer leading roles to emerging economies. Were Xi to miss the upcoming G-20 summit in a neighboring country, China's influence among emerging economies could dissipate. By all means, Xi would want to be in Osaka, considering that Trump will be making two visits to Japan, in May and June. Xi knows how to use the G-20 stage, and Japanese diplomats have bitter memories from when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the 2016 G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China. When Xi and other foreign leaders, including South Korea's then President Park Geun-hye, held separate talks, they shook hands in lavishly furnished rooms with their national flags behind them.

But when Xi and Abe shook hands, national flags were missing. And the talks were held in a small, bland room. Xi can be counted on to visit Japan for the G-20 summit in Osaka. But the trip will not be categorized as an official bilateral visit, nor will Xi be treated as a state guest. He will be received like all other G-20 leaders, Kono made clear during his recent China visit. Still, it will be a much warmer welcome than the treatment Abe received in China three years ago. And in this sense, China's basic commitment to Xi attending the G-20 summit in Osaka is a painless concession. Xi is also to make an "official" Japan visit this year, but that has been delayed until autumn or later.

If it comes off in 2019, it would be an unusual second visit to Japan in one year. It could also provide a stage for Xi to make further concessions to Japan. But that premium payment would depend on how much U.S. - China puts the greatest emphasis on its top leader saving face. But it can also be pragmatic when needed, attaching importance to actual benefits. In the traditional Chinese art of face changing, or mask changing, master performers alter their appearance at the blink of an eye. In 1972, China changed its diplomatic face, normalizing ties with an old enemy, the U.S. At lightning speed, it also established diplomatic ties with Japan that year.

China was able to make these significant decisions despite being mired in the 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution. This quick decision-making ability is one reason China still exists as a socialist state. China's flexibility can also be seen in its pursuit of contradictory policies of coexisting with capitalist and free nations on the global stage while pursuing a "socialist market economy" at home. Can China manage to act with such pragmatism as it navigates the rough storm? At the high-level dialogue, China and Japan squared off over 5G wireless technology. China pressed hard for Japan not to exclude Huawei Technologies from its networks.

Tokyo, unsure if it wants a Chinese company handling its huge data flows, was on the defensive, explaining that it is not targeting any specific company. The explanation fell flat with China. Other thorny security issues between Beijing and Tokyo include China's gas field development in the East China Sea and a flap over the Senkaku Islands in the same body of water. China's militarization of the South China Sea also stands between the nations. But Japan and China are neighbors, and building confidence is crucial. Perhaps this is why Japan's Defense Ministry is sending the MSDF destroyer Suzutsuki to Qingdao for the fleet review. It will be the first time for an MSDF vessel to visit China in over seven years. Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff writer and editorial writer at Nikkei. He has spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He is the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize for international reporting.

The weather in Osaka in may comes from statistical datas on the last years. You can view the weather statistics for the whole month, but also by clicking on the tabs for the beginning, the middle and the end of the month. The climate in may in Osaka is quite dry (with 134mm of precipitation over 11 days). The situation is deteriorating compared to the previous month since in april there is an average of 119mm of precipitation over 12 days. The climate enjoyable around this city may. With good weather conditions, the month of may is advisable - to go in Osaka in Japan.

Check below seasonal norms These datas are set from the weather statements of the last years of may. How was the weather last may? Click over cities on the map for information about the weather in may. Weather data for Osaka for may are derived from an average of the weather forecast since 2009 in Osaka. There is a margin of error and these forecasts are to be considered as general information only. The weather in Osaka can vary slightly from year to year, but this data should limit surprises. So you can pack your bags or check for the best time in year to go to Osaka. Best time to go to Osaka?

Learn the best places to stay in Osaka for tourists in this Where to Stay in Osaka guide. To help you decide, I’ve listed down the 4 best areas to stay in Osaka for hotels that are highly convenient for sightseeing based on my personal experience. The best places to stay in Osaka are Namba and Umeda. Other good places to stay in Osaka are hotels near the Midosuji subway line, Osaka Castle or Universal Studios. Namba and Umeda are major transport hubs with lots of shops and restaurants. Stay in Namba if you love food and nightlife. Stay in Umeda if your love modern cityscape. The Midosuji subway line connects Namba, Umeda and Shin-Osaka Shinkansen bullet train station, making the hotels near this subway line highly convenient for tourists. Osaka Castle Area is a great place to stay particularly during cherry blossoms season.

After having been to Osaka for 5 times, let me share my Top 5 Best Hotel Picks in Osaka. Most of which I have personally stayed at and can recommend. By sharing my personal experience, I truly hope that you’ll be able to pick the best area where to stay in Osaka regardless of the season you travel. My personal favorite is Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka which I consider as the best place to stay in Osaka from my personal experience. I highly recommend Fraser for its spacious rooms, reasonable price and its strategic location across Namba Nankai Station! Fraser is a very popular hotel in Osaka and rooms can be limited.

Consider yourself very lucky if you’re able to get a room here! Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka - Best hotel to stay in Namba Osaka for families and groups. The hotel sits on a fantastic location within short walking distance to Namba Station and Dotonbori. Rooms are spacious, equipped with a kitchenette, at a reasonable price. I love the hotel’s service and Japanese breakfast. Holiday Inn Osaka Namba - Best for practical travelers. Having personally stayed here, I like the hotel’s highly strategic location right smack in Dotonbori, and its spacious superior twin rooms at a very affordable price. Affordable restaurants and shops are literally outside the hotel’s doorstep! I recommend this hotel for couples, group of adult travellers and avid shoppers.

Courtyard by Marriott Shin-Osaka Station - Best for those who wish to be next to the shinkansen station for their bullet train ride. JR pass holders will be able to maximize their JR pass for easy day trips to Kyoto, Himeji and Kobe. Getting back to Tokyo is very easy and straightforward too via bullet train. The lively Dotonbori is just a 20-minute direct subway ride away. Swissotel Nankai Osaka - Best place to stay in Namba for easy train and subway commute, while still being in short walking distance to Dotonbori. Getting to and from Kansai Airport is as easy as 1-2-3! Being right on top of Namba Nankai Station, travelers with elderly and children will definitely appreciate the location of Swissotel. I love the hotel’s sweeping views!

Nono Namba Hotel - Best for families who wish to experience Japanese style accommodation in Namba with all the modern comforts. Fantastic location just across Dotonbori and 5-minute walk to Kuromon Market - . Nothing beats the free ramen every night! This is the most memorable hotel in Osaka for me. Get a superior room for more space. Heading to Kyoto and Tokyo too? Check out Where to Stay in Kyoto and Where to Stay in Tokyo guides. To learn the other best places to stay in Osaka, read on below for more information. Just like Tokyo, Osaka is well covered by subways and trains which can get you anywhere easily and efficiently.

The red Midosuji subway line cuts across the city and is the most convenient line in Osaka for tourists as it connects Namba downtown, Umeda downtown and Shin-Osaka Shinkansen bullet train station. Where is the Best Place to Stay in Osaka: Namba or Umeda? Well, the answer actually depends on your itinerary and how you imagine your Osaka vacation to be. Namba - Namba and its immediate surrounding areas Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi and Nippombashi, are the best areas to stay in Osaka if your itinerary mainly revolves around Osaka’s Dotonbori Area, Nara and Kyoto. If your itinerary is mostly into food trip, shopping and nightlife, then Namba is the place to be. I personally prefer to stay in Namba and its immediate surrounding areas since I go to Osaka primarily for food and shopping.

Umeda - Although Namba is livelier, Umeda is the most well-connected major transportation hub in Osaka. If Namba will require you some train/subway transfers to get to most major sights in the Kansai region, Umeda provides direct train/subway access to major sites in Kansai from Kyoto, Nara, Kobe up to Himeji. Shin-Osaka Station, where the shinkansen bullet train stop is located, is just one station away from Umeda’s Osaka Station perfect for those with JR Pass. Based on my personal experience in my past 3 trips to Osaka, I can say that the best place to stay in Osaka is Namba since it is highly convenient for food, shopping and public transportation. Other recommended areas to stay in Osaka are Umeda, Osaka Castle and Universal Studios depending on your itinerary.

In my personal opinion, Namba is the best place to stay in Osaka since great food and reasonably priced shops are all within walking distance and it exudes a Japanese vibe! I have personally based myself in Namba 2 times out of my 3 past trips in Kansai region and consider this as my favorite area to stay in Osaka. Namba is bustling day until night, making it possible for late night food trips and late night shopping. This makes Namba the best area to stay in Osaka and a very practical place to be for people who want to make the most out of their limited vacation time.

Apart from convenience for food and shopping, Namba is also very well connected by subways and trains making it a good base to get to anywhere in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and even to Kansai airport. If your trip mainly revolves around Dotonbori in Osaka for food adventure with day trips to Kyoto and Nara, then I suggest Namba to be your base. Great local Japanese atmosphere. Bustling nightlife especially in Dotonbori with neon lights - as you see on TV. Easy access to reasonably priced restaurants and shops. Convenient for sightseeing in Osaka and for nearby day trips via subways and trains. Convenient for day trips to Downtown Kyoto. Gion Shijo or Kawaramachi Station in Downtown Kyoto is just 1 hour train ride away from Namba with 1 transfer. Direct access - for day trips to Nara in 40 minutes via Kintetsu Nara railway line.

Direct access to airport via train from Namba Nankai Station (40 minutes) or airport bus from Namba OCAT (50 minutes). Direct access to Shin-Osaka Shinkansen Bullet Train Station via Midosuji subway line in 15 minutes from Namba Station. So Where Exactly is Namba? - Namba is the major transportation hub within the Minami (South) commercial district and is one the 2 downtown centers in Osaka, the other one being Umeda. For tourists, Namba Downtown can be loosely referred as the area covering the following sub districts which are all within 5 to 15 minutes walk from each other. In this blog post, I will describe each of these sub districts in detail so you can decide the best place to stay in Osaka’s Namba area for your trip.

Staying within the immediate surrounding of Namba Station is the best place to stay in Osaka for easy access to Kansai Airport right in the heart of downtown. After a tiring flight, there’s no better way to start your Osaka vacation by checking into a downtown hotel that is easy to get to from the airport. Let the futuristic-looking Nankai Airport Limited Express Rapit train take you direct from Kansai Airport to Namba Nankai Station comfortably in just 40 minutes! Namba Station is actually not a single railway hub. - It is comprised of multiple interconnected subway and train lines which are between 5 to 15 minutes walk from each other. Namba Nankai Station - This station is useful for airport transfers to either Kansai Airport (via train) or Itami Airport (via bus). Namba Station Subway Line - There are multiple subway lines that converge here.

The most important is the Midosuji subway line that connects Namba to Umeda and Shin-Osaka. Midosuji subway line is just 5 minutes walk north of Namba Nankai Station. Also, you can take the other lines here to get to other tourist sites such as Nara or Universal Studios. Subways are quite extensive in Osaka and tourists - will mostly use the subway lines to get around the city. JR Namba Station - You can find JR Namba Station 10 - 15 minutes walk east from Namba Station - subway lines. Although the area is a bit off from the main happening area in Namba, it is just 15 minute walking distance to Dotonbori and you can find more affordable accommodations here.