Chinese FM urges 'new future' for China-Japan ties

Chinese FM urges 'new future' for China-Japan ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with his Japanese counterpart today in what will be the first high-level economic dialogue between the two countries in almost a decade.

The official also said the visit is an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their coordination on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and exchange views before Trump meets Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The Trump-Abe discussions, the second of its kind between the two since past year, would continue with a larger bilateral meeting where the leaders could expand their discussions to include a range of "priority bilateral issues", said the official.

The visit by Wang, a veteran Japan handler who had served as an ambassador to Tokyo, comes as the world's second and third largest economies attempt to ease tension, caused by longstanding disputes over maritime claims and Japan's wartime legacy. They also touched base on the upcoming three-way summit with South Korea, set to take place next month. According to Japanese officials, specific dates for any of the visits are yet to be decided.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reportedly affirm with United States President Donald Trump that any proposal by North Korea for a "phased and simultaneous" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula should be refused. The Chinese are seeking Japanese cooperation on USA steel and aluminium tariffs implemented last month, the Japanese Kyodo News agency reported Saturday, citing people close to the talks. Mr Kono stressed that Japan and China share the same goal on North Korea. Kono said he and Wang agreed that their countries need to further develop bilateral relations in order to stabilize the waters.


Long-fraught ties between Tokyo and Beijing deteriorated to a 40-year low after the Japanese government's 2012 purchase of disputed islets near Taiwan sparked Chinese demonstrations, damaged trade and even raised fears of a military clash.

The agreement came as Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi makes a rare visit to Tokyo, in a sign of improving cooperation between Asia's two largest economies as they face policy whiplash from the USA over trade and security.

He said the 2 countries should also put their ties back on the right path of development so that they can open the way for a new future.

Wang's trip to meet his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, became the first of its kind in more than eight years.

Kono said that he hoped the first economic dialogue between the countries in eight years would be a "fruitful discussion".

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