China, Japan set to forge stronger ties at 'historic turning point'

China, Japan set to forge stronger ties at 'historic turning point'

China, Japan set to forge stronger ties at 'historic turning point'

President Xi said that the global situation is changing and emphasized that the two countries are increasingly dependent on one another.

"It is hoped that through this visit, the two sides will usher in a new era when 'competition is transformed into coordination, '" Abe said.

Li called for an early conclusion to an Asia-Pacific nations trade pact that includes 16 countries but not the US.

Abe returned to power in 2012 when Sino-Japanese ties were in tatters due to a feud over East China Sea islands, and the territorial dispute remains a key source of friction between the two countries. "Xi Jinping wants to say to Abe that they are in this together".

"The two sides are expected to build a new win-win cooperation mode including third-country market cooperation and open up new cooperation scope such as in new economies and innovation sectors", he said.

Abe told a news conference that, "Japan and China are strong partners and will not be a threat to each other".

"I'd like to share with you the joy of this memorable year in which we were able to realize the visit of both leaders to the country of the other", Abe told Li during their meeting.

In a sign of a thaw, Mr. Abe is making the first visit by a Japanese leader to China in 11 years.

"Based on that recognition, I would like to hold candid talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang over a variety of global issues", Abe said in Tokyo before departing on the three-day visit through Saturday.

The relationship has rapidly warmed after US President Donald Trump imposed massive tariffs on China while also targeting Japanese exports in an effort to cut US trade deficits.

At the Beijing summit though, Mr Abe said Tokyo was "determined" to normalise diplomatic relations with Pyongyang if there was progress on denuclearisation and the release of Japanese citizens.

For instance on security, lawfare tactics in the East China Sea to erode Japanese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands are a sign of bad faith in any warming of relations.

China claims the Japanese controlled islets are part of its territory and the move sparked a wave of protests across the country and anti-Japanese sentiment.

However, Abe and Li were at odds over several matters such as economic practices and human rights, such as the detention of Uygurs in Xinjiang.

However, Prime Minister Abe warned Li that bilateral relations can not be truly improved without stability in the East China Sea.

As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, it provides a good opportunity for the two sides to review the important commitment made 40 years ago and the development of relations over the past 40 years, said Takahara. Japan's invasion of China and atrocities during the time still rankles in Chinese minds.

There are also plans for a wider regional economic partnership and a special trade zone linking up China, Japan and South Korea. Leaders of India and Japan are set to discuss the Indo-Pacific at length, including matters related to connectivity and infrastructure, as well as the political and security situation in the region during the summit. "China supports Japan's efforts to improve its relationship with North Korea through dialogue and to resolve all unsettled issues".

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