Kono, Wang Agree to Promote Mutual Visits of Leaders


Tokyo, April 15 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Sunday agreed that their countries will aim to fully improve their relations through mutual visits of their leaders.

In their meeting in Tokyo, Kono and Wang, also Chinese state councillor, agreed that a visit to Japan next month by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for a trilateral summit of leaders from the two countries plus South Korea will be the first in the mutual visits.

Noting that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-China peace and friendship treaty, Kono told Wang that Tokyo wants to rebuild ties with Beijing based on the common recognition that the two countries are partners for cooperation, not threats to each other.

Wang said momentum for improved ties has emerged but that there are some complicated and sensitive elements. China wants to work together with Japan to bring bilateral relations back to a normal path for development at an early date, Wang said.

Kono and Wang agreed that Japan and China will continue to work closely in dealing with North Korea ahead of a summit of leaders from the two Koreas on April 27 and a U.S.-North Korean summit in May or early June.

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