China, Japan resume financial talks after 8-year hiatus

  • China, Japan resume financial talks after 8-year hiatus

China, Japan resume financial talks after 8-year hiatus

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang and Japan's Foreign Minister Kono gesture at their meeting in Tokyo Thomson Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono said on Sunday that Tokyo and Beijing needed to work more closely together to denuclearize North Korea, in comments made during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

The official also said the visit is an opportunity for the two leaders to continue their coordination on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and exchange views before Trump meets Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is set to visit Japan next month for a trilateral summit with Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. According to Japanese officials, specific dates for any of the visits are yet to be decided.

A senior government official did not confirm the media report, but said Abe wanted Motegi to accompany him to the U.S.to address trade issues, though this would depend on the situation in parliament, where the government faces criticism over suspected cronyism scandals.

"I hope that we will be able to discuss what and China can work together on in the global arena, not just bilateral issues", Kono told reporters on Friday. Now, China has an added incentive to fix ties with Japan, after a series of surprises from Trump on North Korea, Taiwan and trade sanctions. However, talks resumed last month with all sides expressing interest in a swift resolution. Kono said he and Wang agreed that their countries need to further develop bilateral relations in order to stabilize the waters.

Since the Japanese government purchased most of the Senkaku Islands from Japanese owner in 2012, China has frequently sent its ships into Japanese territorial waters around them, raising fears that unintended conflict between Japan and China could be sparked in the area.

He said the 2 countries should also put their ties back on the right path of development so that they can open the way for a new future.

"We are also faced with some complex and sensitive elements", said Mr Wang, a veteran Japan expert who is a former ambassador to Tokyo.

Kono met Wang in Beijing in January.

Kono met Wang in China in January when he became the first Japanese foreign minister to visit the country in almost two years.