Korea, Japan, China leaders meet over economic partnership

China and Japan agree to set up hotline to prevent military clashes

When meeting with Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of Komeito party, LDP's ruling coalition partner, Li said this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Thursday that new progress and lasting stable development should be made in China-Japan relationship as it returns to the normal track.

But signs of warming ties emerged late past year, when Abe attended a celebration marking China's National Day at its embassy in Tokyo, and expressed interest in joining Beijing's "Belt and Road Initiative" spanning Asia, Europe and Africa.

The deal is the latest result of a push to improve ties strained by lingering acrimony over Japan's wartime occupation of swathes of China and a dispute over the ownership of islets in the East China Sea.

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The three countries agreed to maintain economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea as it carries out its denuclearisation process, whilst also promising to provide aid should it keep all promises. "It does not include the Senkakus", a Japanese government official said.

At a summit between Abe and Li on Wednesday, Japan and China agreed to launch a public-private council to consider specific cooperative projects related to Beijing's One Belt, One Road cross-border infrastructure initiative. "It's also a big opportunity to promote development of economic and trade ties".

The treaty confirmed the principles of the 1972 Sino-Japanese Joint Statement in legal form, raised it to a law that must be strictly followed, and established the general direction of friendship for generations and peaceful coexistence between the two countries, said Li.

For his part, Yohei Kono, former speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives, said he was amazed by the popularity of new services like bike-sharing, mobile payment and Internet-based delivery during his recent visit to China.

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