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China, Japan vow 'new starting point' in ties

AFP  |  Tokyo 

Asian rivals and today pledged a "new starting point" for bilateral ties, vowing to co-operate closely amid a flurry of on the North Korean missile threat.

Chinese told his Japanese counterpart at a meeting in Tokyo: "With both of us standing on a new starting point, I hope we will promote the further development of both nations by opening a new future of bilateral cooperation."

Relations between the pair are entering an "important phase of improvement and growth," Wang added, on a rare visit by a top Chinese to

is battling to stay relevant amid a string of summits on North Korea's nuclear programme in which is likely to be a major player.

With this in mind, is pushing to host a trilateral meeting between Shinzo Abe, Chinese and South Korean Moon Jae-in.

Bilateral visits by Abe and Chinese are also being planned.

demonstrated its significant influence over its reclusive ally when Xi hosted the North's and his wife in last month. With Moon and Trump also preparing to meet Kim, reported efforts by Japan to reach out to have gone ignored.

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

Japan's and Wang did not specifically mention the proposed US trade policies, as its implementation and consequences were still unclear.

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

"We must have fresh perspectives and think about ways of cooperation and coordination," said Kono.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 14:10 IST