Rebooting Japan-China economic dialogue

16 April, 2018, 12:02 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Japan for talks on North Korea, regional issues

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

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.

Asked by reporters on Monday to comment on the allegations, Fukuda said: "I will issue a comment today so please look at that".

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.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided that a top finance ministry bureaucrat accused of sexually harassing several female reporters must be fired, the daily Sankei newspaper reported on Monday.

The world's second and third largest economies have a fraught relationship, complicated by longstanding disputes over maritime claims and Japan's wartime legacy. Coastguard and military ships from both countries continue to tail one another around the uninhabited Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyus in China.

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Tokyo also hopes to expand its exchanges with China to stay relevant in increasing global efforts to engage with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Mr Kono stressed that Japan and China share the same goal on North Korea.

"We had direct and in-depth discussions on North Korea in light of the current situation", he told reporters after the meeting, without revealing details.

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 said his visit was in response to Japan's positive attitude towards China. "I would also like to take this opportunity to further strengthen economic relations between Japan and China".

The last time the two countries held these high-level talks was in 2010.

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