Li Keqiang calls for new progress of China-Japan ties

039;Business Summit' focuses on free trade

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese PM Li Keqiang have agreed that they want to see a guarantee of economic aid for North Korea if the nation agrees to denuclearize.

Sun Cheng, a Japanese affairs expert at the China University of Political Science and Law, said while Li's visit was a good sign for bilateral ties, suspicions ran deep between the two sides.

The Japanese public is applauding the return of more sound Japan-China ties, marked by the just concluded visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Mr Abe said the first meeting of the dialogue will take place when he visits China.

In bilateral talks with Moon later on Wednesday, Abe expressed Japan's concern that pressure on North Korea might be lifted too early as a "reward" for its shutting down its nuclear test site or halting missile launches.

During a meeting with Tadamori Oshima, speaker of the House of Representatives in Japan's parliament, or Diet, the premier said President Xi Jinping sent a clear message to the world at the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province that China will firmly open its door wider.

In a speech, Moon proposed a new paradigm for economic cooperation among the three countries centered around free trade, the so-called fourth industrial revolution, energy and the environment.

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China had also resisted Japan's insistence that the agreement should not cover the territorial waters surrounding the islets, controlled by Japan.

"The Secretary-General hopes that the joint resolve of the countries in Northeast Asia will strengthen the path to achieve lasting peace and prosperity in this region", the spokesperson added.

"For Japanese enterprises, they might face bigger opportunities for exploring the massive Chinese market as China has a population of some 1.4 billion people", said an article published by Japan's Kyodo News.

Since World War II, China and Japan have had a rocky relationship, often driven apart by lingering resentment over Imperial Japan's atrocities during the war.

Emperor Akihito, who took the throne in 1989, visited China in October 1992 with Empress Michiko as the first emperor to do so.

Relations in recent times last peaked at the end of the 2000s when the leaders of both East Asian powers made highly publicized tours of each others' countries.

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