Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

China, Japan resume economic talks after 8 years

China, Japan resume economic talks after 8 years

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

Wang's trip also follows an official visit by Kono to Beijing earlier this year, and marks the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister to Japan in a bilateral context in nine years.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday began a visit to Japan described as a major step forward in improving frosty relations, as Tokyo tries to stay involved in a flurry of global diplomacy over North Korea.

Chinese foreign minister was due in Tokyo Sunday for a visit seen as a sign of a gradual thaw between the Asian rivals, amid flurries of diplomacy over.

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"Through mutual visits between our two leaders we agreed to pursue wide-reaching cooperation and improved ties", Kono said after Sunday's meeting.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is headed to the United States this week to meet Trump.

However, Kono warned there would be "no true improvement of Japan-China relations without stability in the East China Sea".

The world's second and third largest economies have a fraught relationship, complicated by longstanding disputes over maritime claims and Japan's wartime legacy.

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

Kono said he also asked for China's cooperation in resolving the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. China has demonstrated its significant influence over its reclusive ally with Xi hosting Kim and his wife in Beijing. Japan has come in for criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump on trade and been hit with tariffs on steel and aluminum, but Japan has not yet threatened counter-tariffs.

"We would like to co-operate further towards the common goal between Japan and China, of establishing a complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea", Kono said as the two began talks in Tokyo.

Wang said any parties, including Japan, welcome the recent important changes on the peninsula.

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