Li receives warm welcome to Japan from Abe

039;Business Summit' focuses on free trade

039;Business Summit' focuses on free trade

In a public ceremony after a summit in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of a pact to set up within 30 days a hotline for senior defence officials to communicate during incidents involving each others' naval vessels or military aircraft.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Thursday that new progress and lasting stable development should be made in China-Japan relationship as it returns to the normal track.

Japan is also wiling to safeguard and support multilateral trade system together with China and to actively participate in the CIIE, he said.

In the economic sphere, Li said both sides are willing to bring bilateral pragmatic cooperation to a higher level, and achieve more mutually beneficial cooperation.

"But cooperating under the belt and road plan will be good for Japan too, because it's an opportunity for Japan to reach broader markets through this New Silk Road".

Earlier on Thursday, Li also visited Japanese Emperor Akihito and several leading politicians.

The importance of bolstering economic interaction between the three countries was also underscored by South Korean President Moon Jae-in who stressed that such a collaboration would contribute substantially to improving the living standards of people in Japan, China and South Korea.

During a meeting with Tadamori Oshima, speaker of the House of Representatives in Japan's parliament, or Diet, the premier said President Xi Jinping sent a clear message to the world at the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province that China will firmly open its door wider.

Li's visit came amid efforts by Beijing and Tokyo to improve relations that have been held back by long-standing and intractable territorial and historical disputes.

On Wednesday, both South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang noted that North Korea should be guaranteed economic aid by the global community once it undertakes complete denuclearization. China's peaceful development is vital to Japan as well as the region and the world, he said.

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