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

16 April, 2018, 11:55 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Wang's arrival in Tokyo comes ahead of a summit between the two Koreas this month and a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is likely to lead the Japanese delegation, with his counterpart likely to be U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the paper said, without citing sources.

Wang, who will be in Tokyo until Tuesday, will also participate in the fourth China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue.

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.

Abe and Xi have not held talks in the format of an official visit by either side since both men took office in 2012, but years of strain on bilateral relations due to historical and territorial grievances have recently given way to a thaw.

Wang spent eight years in Japan as a diplomat with three of those years as China's ambassador.




Li is set to visit Japan next month for a trilateral summit with Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae In.

The Trump-Abe discussions, the second of its kind between the two since previous 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. "We agreed the importance of making it a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship", he said.

"But together with Japan's efforts. we would like to bring China-Japan relations back on a path of sustainable and normal development".

"I hope that we will be able to discuss what and China can work together on in the worldwide arena, not just bilateral issues", Kono told reporters on Friday.

They also discussed the vision each country has for the wider region, namely Japan's "free and open Indo-Pacific" strategy and China's "One Belt, One Road" infrastructure megaproject.

Wang spoke to reporters in Tokyo on Sunday after his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. According to Japanese officials, the dialogue is the first in almost eight years.

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