Tokyo governor says 'great significance' to Beijing visit
Published on Apr 24, 2014 6:33 PM
BEIJING (REUTERS) - The governor of the Japanese capital Tokyo said on Thursday there was "great significance" in his visit to the Chinese capital and the trip could be a step towards repairing strained bilateral ties.
Hopes have run high for the visit at a time when relations between China and Japan, Asia's two largest economies, have been particularly strained.
"Country-to-country relations between Japan and China are tense, and there's great significance in the people of Beijing asking me to come here," Governor Yoichi Masuzoe told reporters after arriving in Beijing for a three-day visit.
He said improving ties would be a step-by-step process.
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