Kishida, Li reaffirm pursuit of 'mutually beneficial relationship'

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Chinese Premier Li Qiang are believed to have reaffirmed their intention to promote strategic and mutually beneficial ties at their meeting in Seoul on Sunday.

Kishida began by saying he'd like to use the opportunity to deepen exchanges of opinions in a bid to pave the way for future undertakings by both governments.

He added he is certain that unwavering efforts to stabilize bilateral relations will benefit not only the two countries but also the region as well as the international community.

Li pointed out that international factors are having a considerable impact on bilateral relations.

The premier said that he wants to keep differences of opinion between the two countries in check, and strive to forge constructive and stable China-Japan ties relevant to the new era.

Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed their countries will work to build "mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests," when they met last November. It's believed that Kishida and Li reaffirmed that understanding.

Kishida and Li are also thought to have agreed to promote cooperation in such fields as the environment, energy conservation, and medical and nursing care.

Kishida is also believed to have repeated his call for an immediate end to China's suspension of Japanese seafood imports. The halt came in response to Japan's discharge of treated and diluted water into the sea from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The release began last year.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered a triple meltdown following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Water used to cool molten fuel at the plant has been mixing with rain and groundwater.

The accumulated water is treated to remove most radioactive substances, but still contains tritium.

Before releasing the treated water into the ocean, the plant's operator dilutes it to reduce tritium levels to about one-seventh of the World Health Organization's guidance level for drinking water.

Kishida is believed to have explained Japan's positions on other pending issues, including China's maritime activities in the East China Sea and elsewhere, and the detentions of Japanese nationals in China.

Kishida also underscored the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, in light of massive military exercises by China in areas surrounding Taiwan.