China, Japan resume economic talks after 8 years

The weekly Shukan Shincho magazine reported that Japan's administrative vice finance minister Junichi Fukuda had sexually harassed a female reporter at a bar

The weekly Shukan Shincho magazine reported that Japan's administrative vice finance minister Junichi Fukuda had sexually harassed a female reporter at a bar

Wang is the first Chinese foreign minister to visit Japan in a bilateral context in the nine years.

Meanwhile, Japan and China are also targets of Trump's steel and aluminium tariffs, with Beijing also targeted with a further heavy levy.

"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".

Asked by reporters on Monday to comment on the allegations, Fukuda said: "I will issue a comment today so please look at that".

Kono said he and Wang agreed to improve ties by their leaders paying mutual visits, starting with a visit next month to Japan by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang for a trilateral summit involving South Korean President Moon Jae-in. According to Japanese officials, specific dates for any of the visits are yet to be decided.

But they noted the global economy has dramatically changed during the eight years the bilateral dialogue has stalled.

Kono told Wang that true improvement in bilateral ties can not be achieved without stability in the East China Sea, where China has challenged Japan's sovereignty over uninhabited islets.

The ministers agreed to strive for the early implementation of a "Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism" to prevent unintended collisions in the area. The dispute over islands in the East China Sea - known as the "Senkakus" in Japanese and the "Diaoyu" by the Chinese - remains a source of tension. The two sides are expected to discuss Japan's possible involvement in China's "Belt and Road" initiative.

Kono met Wang in Beijing in January.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with his Japanese counterpart today in what will be the first high-level economic dialogue between the two countries in almost a decade.

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Wang did not specifically mention the proposed U.S. trade policies, as its implementation and consequences were still unclear. According to Japanese officials, the dialogue is the first in almost eight years.

Chinese Foreign Minister was due in Tokyo Sunday for a visit seen as a sign of a gradual thaw between the Asian rivals, amid flurries of diplomacy over.

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