Top Diplomats of China, Japan Agree to Cooperate on N. Korean Issues
16 April, 2018, 11:54 | Author: Diane Mills
The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Japanese government has made a decision to propose a new framework for discussing trade issues between Japan and the United States, at a summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump in the United States on Tuesday and Wednesday.
He and Kono discussed a broad range of issues, including North Korea, Kono on Sunday night.
Mr Wang met his Japanese counterpart, Mr Taro Kono, in talks expected to touch on economic relations, territorial disputes in the East China Sea and ways to push North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.
Such a meeting, Tokyo hopes, would lead to a long awaited exchange of state visits between Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Noting that this year marks 40 years since the signing of a bilateral peace and friendship treaty, Kono said he and Wang agreed to work for the improvement of bilateral relations across the board.
Tokyo also hopes to expand its exchanges with China to stay relevant in increasing global efforts to engage with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
However, the move could backfire, as US President Donald Trump could demand renegotiating terms for the pact or talks for a bilateral free-trade agreement (FTA) - both outcomes Japan wants to avoid.
"We would like to co-operate further towards the common goal between Japan and China, of establishing a complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea", Kono said as the two began talks in Tokyo.
The two sides reportedly agreed to continue to fully implement all relevant United Nations resolutions and to work together closely in order to realize the dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons and missiles.
Wang, a former ambassador to Japan, said his visit was China's response to "positive" messages and policies from Tokyo but acknowledged "some complex and sensitive elements".
Wang said China and Japan should maintain momentum in the development of bilateral relations through mutual efforts such as high-level contacts.
Beijing and Tokyo last held high-level economic meetings in 2007, 2009 and 2010, and suspended the mechanism due to disputes, including the sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands-known as the Diaoyu Islands in China.
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