Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

China, Japan to launch communication mechanism to address maritime, airspace differences: FM

China, Japan to launch communication mechanism to address maritime, airspace differences: FM

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Tokyo for an official visit to Japan on Tuesday evening.

During a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Li said that China and Japan have opportunities for improvement and development, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The leaders of Japan, China and South Korea on May 9 agreed to cooperate for the denuclearization of North Korea, but they stressed different courses to achieve that goal.

At the start of the 75-minute meeting, Abe said, "Japan, China and South Korea must cooperate with the worldwide community and strongly ask North Korea to take specific action" toward denuclearization, namely abandoning its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.

However, Japan's position has always been to exert maximum pressure on North Korea until it abandons its nuclear weapons in a "complete, verifiable and irreversible" manner.

The three leaders also agreed to work together to increase the number of personnel exchanges among the three nations to 30 million by 2020 and to hold trilateral summits regularly.

Strengthening trilateral cooperation, Li said, not only meets the needs of the three countries, but also accords with the expectations of the region and the worldwide community at large. He said that as major traders in the world, the three sides all support free trade and open markets.

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Against this background, China, Japan and South Korea can become important forces for promoting trade liberalization, said Tatsuhiko Yoshizaki, chief economist at Japan's Sojitz Research Institute.

At the news conference, Li said negotiations for the FTA and RCEP must be sped up because "free trade has to be maintained".

On expanding investment and industrial capacity cooperation, each of the three countries has its advantages, and prospects for their cooperation are broad, Li told the business summit.

The South Korean president asked for China's continued support, especially for the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit that he earlier said may decide how and when North Korea will give up its nuclear ambition.

The premier is expected to witness the signing of cooperation deals concerning health and medical science, the service sector and social security.

In what Li called a symbol of Chinese friendship toward Japan, Beijing also agreed to donate to Tokyo a pair of crested ibises - the first such gift in 11 years - to help facilitate the artificial breeding of the special national treasure.

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