Japan's Abe, China's Li Agree to Improve Bilateral Ties (News)


Manila, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed Monday to boost efforts to improve their countries' relationship as this year marked the forty-fifth anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Abe expressed his hopes for sustainable development of the Chinese economy.

At the outset of their talks that lasted for about one hour, Li said that although there are sensitive issues between China and Japan, the two countries need to strengthen the momentum for improvement in the bilateral relations.

"I want to promote the development of the mutually beneficial strategic partnership" between the two countries, Abe said, adding Japan hopes to work with China to make the efforts in this regard more stable and steady.

The two countries' peace and friendship treaty will reach its fortieth anniversary next year.

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