Abe optimistic about Japan-China relations

Abe optimistic about Japan-China relations

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stressed that he will press ahead with improving Japan's relations with China. The remarks followed his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Abe met with Xi for about 45 minutes on Saturday on the sidelines of APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam.

After the talks, Abe told reporters that he had candid discussions with Xi in a highly friendly atmosphere.

He said they agreed that this meeting marked a fresh start of relations between China and Japan.

Abe said in relation to North Korean, the role China ought to play is very big.

He said both sides should work to enhance coordination between the 2 nations. He said both have a big responsibility for maintaining stability and peace in the region, and worldwide.

Abe also said they discussed and agreed to speed up talks to establish emergency communications to avoid accidental clashes at sea and in the air.

On economic cooperation, Abe said he proposed that Japan and China cooperate in business in other countries, in addition to promoting bilateral trade and investment.

He said he and Xi also agreed to hold summit talks between Japan, China, and South Korea as soon as possible.

Abe said he also proposed he visit China at an appropriate time and asked Xi to visit Japan at the earliest possible date. The proposal was made as the 2 countries next year mark the 40th anniversary of the bilateral peace and friendship treaty.

He said he will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at his next stop, the Philippines.