China, Japan resume economic talks after 8 years

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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, who will be in Tokyo until Tuesday, will also participate in the fourth China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue.

After rare talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Taro Kono said the ministers had "forward-looking" and "fulfilling" discussions about rebuilding ties between the Asian powers.

"But together with Japan's efforts. we would like to bring China-Japan relations back on a path of sustainable and normal development". He last visited Japan in August 2016 for a trilateral meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts. Mr Kono stressed that Japan and China share the same goal on North Korea.

"I hope that we will be able to discuss what and China can work together on in the worldwide arena, not just bilateral issues", Kono told reporters on Friday. "We agreed to fully improve the bilateral relations through exchanges of the leaders. with Premier Li's visit at the time of the trilateral talks as the starting step", Kono told reporters.

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".

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The ministers agreed to strive for the early implementation of a "Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism" to prevent unintended collisions in the area.

China and Japan have resumed high-level economic talks after a hiatus of almost eight years in a sign of improving ties in their often-frosty relationship.

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.

Wang said any parties, including Japan, welcome the recent important changes on the peninsula.

"After reopening these talks we're both standing at new starting points to discuss future cooperation that will, I hope, lead to fresh economic growth for both nations", Wang said. According to Japanese officials, the dialogue is the first in almost eight years.

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