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China FM visits Japan for talks on NKorea, regional issues

AFP  |  Tokyo 

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

Shortly after his arrival, will meet his Japanese counterpart with their talks expected to touch on key subjects such as economic relations, territorial disputes in the Sea, and ways to push to give up its nuclear weapons, Japanese officials have said.

Kono met in in January when he became the first Japanese to visit the country in nearly two years.

"I hope that we will be able to discuss what and can work together on in the international arena, not just bilateral issues," Kono told reporters on Friday.

"Of course, the North Korean issue will surely come up in the meeting," he said.

The visit by Wang, a veteran handler who had served as an to Tokyo, comes as the world's second and third largest economies attempt to ease tension, caused by longstanding disputes over maritime claims and Japan's wartime legacy.

His visit is also seen as paving a way towards Japanese Shinzo Abe's wish to host Chinese next month for a trilateral summit including South Korean Moon Jae-in.

Such a meeting, hopes, would lead to a long awaited exchange of state visits between Abe and Chinese

also hopes to expand its exchanges with China to stay relevant in increasing international efforts to engage with North Korean leader Un. China has demonstrated its significant influence over its reclusive ally with Xi hosting Kim and his wife in

South Korea's Moon and US are also preparing for separate, direct talks with Kim, leaving Abe to continue asserting a "maximum pressure" campaign against the North.

Abe, who is due to meet with Trump in on Tuesday to discuss North Korea, may also meet with Wang.

Wang, who will be in Tokyo until Tuesday, will also participate in the fourth China-High-level Economic Dialogue.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 13:05 IST