Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, center left, and his delegation meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, center right, and his delegation during the Japan-China high level economic dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on Sunday. Photo: Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP
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China, Japan tout 'recovered' ties amid global uncertainty

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China and Japan have the opportunity to "take charge of the economic field" during a time of worldwide uncertainty, Japan's foreign minister said Sunday, as trade pressures from the United States have prompted both countries to seek alternative markets.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Beijing to discuss youth exchanges and economic relations between the two countries, whose ties "completely recovered" last year, according to Kono.

The relationship was turbulent in previous years due to an unresolved dispute over islands in the East China Sea. High-level exchanges were frozen in 2012 after Japan nationalized the small group of remote islands claimed by Beijing. The act set off violent protests in China and sent Japanese investment and tourism into a nose dive.

Trade and investment have since rebounded, and companies from the two nations are considering joint projects in third countries such as Thailand.

While "the current economic situation is complicated and profoundly changing," Wang said, "Sino-Japanese economic cooperation is constantly advancing at a solid pace."

Six ministers from each country met for nearly four hours in a bid to find ways to create a more favorable environment for companies doing business in each other's country amid worries about an economic slowdown, Kyodo News reported. China encouraged Japan to invest in infrastructure projects under its "One Belt, One Road" development initiative stretching across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The two countries also agreed to work toward lifting of a ban on Japanese beef imports by Beijing.

Also, two issues at the center of China-U.S. trade frictions — forced technology transfer and intellectual property — were raised by the Japanese delegation Sunday, said Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Takeshi Osuga.

Osuga told reporters at an evening news briefing that the Chinese side noted that Chinese tech giant Huawei's activities in Japan have been affected by certain policies. To this, Kono responded that Japan has never taken any measure with the objective of excluding any company or product, Osuga said.

Several countries have expressed concerns over Huawei, which the U.S. has accused of being controlled by China's ruling Communist Party and thus obliged to spy on its behalf. Huawei maintains that it would say no to requests from the Chinese government for confidential information about foreign users of its technology. Japan's cybersecurity agency says suppliers deemed high-risk, including Huawei, will be excluded from government purchases.

Meanwhile, Japan's exports have suffered as a result of slowing Chinese growth. China is Japan's largest trading partner, and Japanese companies — from carmakers to department stores — play a major role in the Chinese economy.

President Donald Trump has also imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Japan, and threatened automobile tariffs that would leave Japan among the hardest-hit.

Kono said Sunday that Chinese President Xi Jinping will likely visit Japan this year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to China last fall was the first formal visit to Beijing by a Japanese leader in nearly seven years.

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Japan and China and Koreas, are always put family names first, as simple as that. That means a lot.

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Japan and China and Koreas, are always put family names first, as simple as that. That means a lot.

How is this relevant to the article?

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There is great potential for China and Japan . In real estate Thailand would be the buyer, Japan and China the contractor, and China the lending institution. Lots of properties/countries in need of rehab and money up be made.

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I give this cosy 'relationship' a few months before some other spat happens.

You know, that "lingering bitterness from World War 2" the media injects into every single news story regarding China and Japan.

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You know, that "lingering bitterness from World War 2" the media injects into every single news story regarding China and Japan.

@ old man, there is a lingering bitterness from China to Japan which always cause relationship to break down. Media is right. You cant deny this. Its time for PRC to move on after 75 years and get over bitterness. Then, China-Japan relations could be smooth.

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Since the first Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue during Abe's first term, Japan and China finally had this 5th one, after "nationalization" of Chinese Islands by Japanese Imperialism govt in 2012. What a wasted time and suffering of 127 million Japanese people, emotionally and economically.

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Six ministers from each country met for nearly four hours

Well, that settles everything then. Complete recovery

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Abe has put a lot of efforts to maintain Japan and China relationship, unlike described by the media. Abe has made some mistakes, who doesn't ? Abe must work very hard, to leave a better Japan for future generations.

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The improvement in Japanese-Sino relations is a testimony to PM Abe's leadership and resolve.

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There is a very rare possibility that Japan and China become much closer to each other on Economic sphere if Trump pushes Japan too hard on trade issues.

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I'm waiting for the day the boffins and journalists use the phrase "global certainty."

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This augurs well not only for the two countries but also for this Pacific region. I hope the U.S. won't meddle in this budding peace initiative taken by the two countries

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More nations should follow suit and sideline the US. The US has only the economic, military and political power that the nations of the globe allow it to have. The world does not need a warmonger with which to trade; there are many fish in the sea. The world would be a much safer place if the nations of the world worked together and ignored the US.

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@rlperez@hotmail

Let me correct some spelling error for you

More nations should follow suit and sideline the China. China has only the economic, military and political power that it illegally took off the globe that allow it to have. The world does not need a warmonger with which to trade; there are many fish in the sea. The world would be a much safer place if the nations of the world worked together and ignored Communist China.

If it wasn't for the spat with USA, China/Japan relations would still be strained.

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Abe's legacy is defined by his handling of the relationship with China, it is fate, as simple as that. Japan's future must be guided by wisdom, by reality, and by friendship. The barrier between Japan and China is paper thin. Once stupidity is removed, everyone will see that the sun is in the east.

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Kono san would be wise to play along but maintain high caution, because China has demonstrated times and times again it is only ever a good trade partner when it can have something it's not fairly/legally entitled to.

A short term positive period of trade with China, is a long term liability; it's only a question of when, not if.

Communist China will also do what ever it takes to tie up and lock in its political, economic, security and social agenda with its trading partners. If it's upset with a trading partner on one front, it will punish that trading partner everywhere else.

There is no sustainability in trading with China, unless you want to expose your country to Chinese Communist rules.

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China encouraged Japan to invest in infrastructure projects under its "One Belt, One Road" development initiative stretching across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

If any one has any doubt as to China's intention with regards to Belt/Road, look no further than Tibet. First, China built the road to Tibet, in the name of assistance and friendship, then Communist troops followed and took out the belt and belted the Tibetan into submission. Japan would be wise not to be the road or the belt in this Sino/Japanese relationship.

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@Akie

You would be wise to study history before posting. The only One China, is the one in Xi thoughts/dream (yes he said it, it was a 'dream', though some Chinese see it as a nightmare). The people of the following countries doesn't care about his thoughts either, or nightmare:

Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, and add Parts of Phillipines and Vietnam if you count Xi's wet dreams as well (yes in the sea). Not so one is it?

When they can't but force people they dream as their own to be 'One', what hope is there for Japan or the rest of the world?

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*Since the first Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue during Abe's first term, Japan and China finally had this 5th one, after "nationalisation" of Japanese Islands by the Japanese government in 2012. What a wasted time and suffering of 1,415,045,928 million (2018 estimate) Chinese people, emotionally and economically.*

Good relationships between neighbours is a nice thing to have. Making that last is a difficult thing to do. It will take many more years to turn good relations into friendship. I hope China realises that it must correct its past wrong attitudes to some issues to ensure the relationship continues to move forwards. Not always an easy thing for a dictatorial government to do. For now, it is Trump that drives these neighbours closer. I wonder what will happen after Trump is gone and the USA regains its political sanity. A question for the future to answer...

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Sh1mon M4sada, let us see how many Chinese are you talking about. Dalai Lama, is one; Governor of Taiwan Province Tsai Yingwen is two; Can you name more ?

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