Chinese minister visits Japan for talks on N. Korea, regional issues

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

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.

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.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged previous year to reset the sometimes touchy relationship between Asia's two largest economic powers.

Noting that this year marks 40 years since the signing of a bilateral peace and friendship treaty, Kono said he and Wang agreed to work for the improvement of bilateral relations across the board.

The world's second and third largest economies have a fraught relationship, complicated by longstanding disputes over maritime claims and Japan's wartime legacy.

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Since the Japanese government purchased most of the Senkaku Islands from Japanese owner in 2012, China has frequently sent its ships into Japanese territorial waters around them, raising fears that unintended conflict between Japan and China could be sparked in the area. Kono, who visited Beijing in January, stressed that the two countries share the same goal on North Korea. China has demonstrated its significant influence over its reclusive ally with Xi hosting Kim and his wife in Beijing.

Even before he was elected, Trump had criticized both Chinese and Japanese trade and economic policy as unfair and damaging to the U.S. Recently, he has threatened tariffs on Chinese exports and limits on investment, and just last week took a shot at Japan, saying the nation "has hit us hard on trade for years!" "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".

Abe, who is due to meet Trump in Florida on Tuesday to discuss North Korea, will meet Wang on Monday.

"We are also faced with some complex and sensitive elements", said Mr Wang, a veteran Japan expert who is a former ambassador to Tokyo.

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