Japan, China Foreign Ministers Agree to Promote Leaders' Visits (News)


Beijing, Jan. 28 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Foreign Minister Kōno Tarō and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, agreed Sunday that the two countries should steadily promote reciprocal visits by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and Chinese President Xi Jinping in order to improve bilateral relations.

In their talks, held at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, Kōno and Wang reaffirmed that Japan and China are cooperative partners and will not become a threat to each other, with the two countries marking the fortieth anniversary this year of the signing of the Japan-China peace and friendship treaty.

Kōno asked for Chinese cooperation to hold a three-way summit meeting also involving South Korea in Japan this spring and invited Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to visit Japan for the summit.

In response, Wang said China aims for an early summit among the three Asian countries. Japan and China will make specific preparations, according to a Japanese official with access to the Kōno-Wang meeting.

In their meeting, Kōno and Wang agreed to promote bilateral cooperation to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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