China, Japan resume economic talks after 8 years

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Wang said he and Kono discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Wang is the first Chinese foreign minister to visit Japan in a bilateral context in eight years and five months.

China and Japan have resumed high-level financial talks after a hiatus of nearly eight years in an indication of bettering ties of their often-frosty relationship.

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Shortly after his arrival, Wang will meet his Japanese counterpart with their talks expected to touch on key subjects such as economic relations, territorial disputes in the East China Sea, and ways to push North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, Japanese officials have said.

Kono said he also asked for China's cooperation in resolving the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

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".

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The world's second and third largest economies have a fraught relationship, complicated by longstanding disputes over maritime claims and Japan's wartime legacy. China has demonstrated its significant influence over its reclusive ally with Xi hosting Kim and his wife in Beijing.

But the move could backfire, as U.S. 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 confirmed that we shall continue our close coordination while also completely implementing related UN Security Council resolutions to realise the irreversible, verifiable and complete denuclearisation of North Korea and its missiles".

Abe, who is due to meet with Trump in Florida on Tuesday to discuss North Korea, may also meet with Wang.

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"We agreed to carry out high-level visits, first with (Chinese Premier) Li Keqiang coming to Japan for a Japan-China-South Korea summit, then Prime Minister Abe visiting China and Xi Jinping visiting Japan", Kono told reporters after his meeting and working dinner with Wang in Tokyo.

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