Abe, Li Agree to Evolve Japan-China Ties to New Level

Politics

Beijing, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed Friday to take their countries' improving relationship to a stage of more stable development.

"I want to propel Japan-China relations into a new era, from competition to collaboration," Abe said at the opening of his talks with Li at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. "I hope Japan and China will work on developing and evolving our free and fair trade relations."

Li said China's ties with Japan are showing the momentum of new development.

The premier also said he hopes the two countries will pursue a mutually beneficial relationship by continuously moving their ties forward and developing them stably on a long-term basis, always in a spirit of drawing lessons from history when facing the future.

The two met for the first time since May this year, when Li visited Tokyo for a three-way summit among Japan, China and South Korea.

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