China's Xi Praises Ties with Pakistan During State Visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed the "profound friendship" between China and Pakistan on Tuesday, during his first state visit to the Southeast Asian country.
Addressing the Pakistani parliament, President Xi praised Islamabad's anti-terror efforts, saying Pakistan and China "share a common stake in security."
"Over the years Pakistan has overcome all kinds of difficulties and contributed greatly to the security and stability of China's western border areas, and this is something that we shall never forget," Mr. Xi said.
In his own address to lawmakers, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Islamabad and Beijing "will fight together to eliminate the menace of terrorism."
China has long been concerned that Muslim militants in its western Xinjiang region may be getting training and support from fighters in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas.
President Xi arrived Monday in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, for a two-day trip.
In addition to security talks, the visit saw the two sides launch over $45 billion in energy and infrastructure projects.
Japan's Abe Sends Ritual Offering to Controversial Shrine
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to a Tokyo shrine that many of Japan's neighbors see as a symbol of the country's imperialist past.
Mr. Abe sent a traditional potted plant to the Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday, the first day of a three-day spring festival, officials at the shrine said.
The prime minister's offering is likely to upset many in China and South Korea, two main victims of Japan's pre-World War Two colonial aggression.
But the offering means Mr. Abe is likely to refrain from visiting the Shinto shrine, a move that would have drawn much harsher criticism.
The central Tokyo religious facility honors 2.5 million of Japan's war dead, including several convicted war criminals from World War Two.
Mr. Abe last visited the facility in 2013. He defended the move by saying it is natural for him to pay respects to the country's war dead.