Tokyo, Beijing vow to work closely on business, security

Japan's Mr Taro Kono (right) and China's Mr Wang Yi reiterated yesterday that bilateral ties were at a crucial turning point.
Japan's Mr Taro Kono (right) and China's Mr Wang Yi reiterated yesterday that bilateral ties were at a crucial turning point.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

China minister visits Japan as both sides seek to heal fraught ties amid US policy whiplash

Asia's two largest economies yesterday vowed to work closely together on business and security issues while deftly managing their differences, in the face of policy whiplash from the United States.

China's top envoy Wang Yi, who is the first Chinese Foreign Minister to visit Tokyo in nearly 8½ years, said at the outset of talks with his Japanese counterpart, Mr Taro Kono, that he hoped bilateral ties could "return on a path of sustainable and normal development" even though there were some "complex and sensitive elements".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'Tokyo, Beijing vow to work closely on business, security'. Print Edition | Subscribe