TOKYO, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated here Friday that Japan-China relations remain one of the most important bilateral relations of Japan and should be improved through an overall perspective.
Abe made the remarks at the regular lower house session in the Diet and said it is important for both countries to contact in various areas, including political level.
Leader of the small ruling New Komeito Party Natsuo Yamaguchi, who met with Chinese Communist Party's leader Xi Jinping on Jan. 25, said in the same occasion that both he and Xi agreed to improve Japan-China strategic and mutually beneficial relations.
He also said enhancements in economic, environmental and social welfare communication between the two nations will contribute to a more stable bilateral relationship.
Meanwhile, Abe also met with the country's former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who visited China on Jan. 28 with a group of Japanese lawmakers.
Murayama briefed the outcome of his visit and said both side should resolve the problem through dialogue and prevent themselves from taking provocative acts.
BEIJING, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Wednesday urged Japan to create conditions for the normal development of bilateral relations.
Hong said at a daily press briefing that he noted that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested on Tuesday that a summit between Japan and China is necessary to mend bilateral relations hampered by their recent territorial disputes. Full story
TOKYO, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Tuesday that a summit between Japan and China is necessary to mend bilateral relations scratched by territorial dispute, local media reported.
It might be "a need to re-establish the relationship, starting with a summit," Abe said in a TV program and was quoted by Japan's Kyodo News Agency. Full story