Japan to propose new framework for trade talks

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The top diplomats of China and Japan have pledged to improve ties between their nations and affirmed a commitment to implement UN sanctions against North Korea to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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.

Japanese officials said the mutual foreign ministers' visits for the objective of bilateral talks are the first between Japan and China in eight years.

"But together with Japan's efforts. we would like to bring China-Japan relations back on a path of sustainable and normal development."The world's second and third-largest economies have a fraught relationship, complicated by long-standing disputes over maritime claims and Japan's wartime legacy".

"Since past year, Japan has, in relations with China, displayed a positive message and friendly attitude", Wang said at the meeting, adding that he hoped that the visit would help the two countries move towards better ties.

Japan hopes to expand its exchanges with China to stay involved as worldwide efforts to engage Pyongyang intensify.

His visit is also seen as paving a way towards Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wish to host Chinese Premier Li Keqiang next month for a trilateral summit including South Korean President Moon Jae-in. China has demonstrated its significant influence over its reclusive ally with Xi hosting Kim and his wife in Beijing. Japan has not. If anything, anti-Tokyo propaganda in North Korea has intensified as Mr. Kim has reached out to leaders in Seoul, Beijing and Washington.

In his post on Twitter late on Thursday, Trump said the United States was working to make a deal with Japan, "who has hit us hard on trade for years!"The Trump administration again refrained from naming any major trading partners as currency manipulators but kept Japan on its monitoring list in a currency report".

Concern is growing about a trade row between China and the United States in which the two nations have threatened each other with tariffs.

The Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue was being held Monday in Tokyo for the first time since August 2010.

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