Kono, Wang Agree to Work Harder for Leaders' Visits


Singapore, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, affirmed their intentions on Thursday to boost efforts to realize mutual visits by the two countries' leaders.

At their meeting in Singapore, Kono and Wang, who doubles as state councillor, agreed to speed up work for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to China by the end of this year and a reciprocal visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The foreign ministers shared the view that the relationship between Tokyo and Beijing has returned to a normal path following the successful Japan visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in May.

The two also agreed to realize private-sector cooperation related to China's One Belt, One Road development initiative for regions along the old Silk Road.

Japan and China will be able to live up to expectations from the international community by strengthening bilateral cooperation in dealing with North Korean and other issues, Kono said.

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