Japan and China are entering a new stage and it’s all about business

China’s attitude to Japan has changed.

Shinzo Abe is receiving the red carpet treatment in Beijing.

China and Japan have long been rivals and five years ago their relationship was in poor state, diplomatically.

China blamed the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for stirring up trouble over history and territorial disputes.

Yet this week, China’s President Xi hails Mr Abe as an important friend as they walk the red carpet in Beijing.

Find out what’s led to this remarkable shift in Sino-Japanese relations in this week’s Japan Story blog.

Japan Story’s blog is written by former BBC Tokyo Correspondent Duncan Bartlett. Each week he analyses how Japan’s story is being told to the world through the international media.