Japan, China agree to mutual official visits by Abe, Xi

Eel is a delicacy enjoyed all over Japan

Eel is a delicacy enjoyed all over Japan

Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko and Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan held separate talks in Tokyo on Sunday, discussing the future of economic ties.

"I would like to regard (Mr Wang's visit) as a major step forward in our efforts towards improving Japan-China relations", Mr Kono said at the start of their meeting.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang and Japan's Foreign Minister Kono gesture at their meeting in Tokyo Thomson Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono said on Sunday that Tokyo and Beijing needed to work more closely together to denuclearize North Korea, in comments made during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

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

They agreed that Japan would host a trilateral summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, without setting a date. The dispute over islands in the East China Sea - known as the "Senkakus" in Japanese and the "Diaoyu" by the Chinese - remains a source of tension.

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"Since past year Japan has, in relations with China, displayed a positive message and friendly attitude", he said.

Wang said the visit was a response to Japan's positive attitude toward China.

Abe, who is due to meet with Trump in Florida on Tuesday to discuss North Korea, may also meet with Wang. China has demonstrated its significant influence over its reclusive ally with Xi hosting Kim and his wife in Beijing.

The two sides reportedly agreed to continue to fully implement all relevant United Nations resolutions and to work together closely in order to realize the dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons and missiles.

Wang, who spent eight years in Japan as a diplomat including three as ambassador, said the changing economic climate presented fresh opportunities. Wang, who will be in Tokyo until Tuesday, will also take part in the fourth China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue.

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