Beijing: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida held talks in Beijing on Saturday in a bid to relieve tensions that have sparked mistrust between the world’s second and third largest economies.
 
During the opening remarks, Wang stressed that China-Japan ties must be based on respect for history, adherence to commitment, and on cooperation rather than confrontation, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
China and Japan are neighbours, Wang said, stressing that China is willing to develop a healthy and stable relationship with Japan.
 
“We hope that your visit will play a positive role in actual improvement of China-Japan ties,” said Wang.
 
The visit comes against the backdrop of simmering tensions between the countries over the sovereignty of some islands in the East China Sea for almost four years now, as well as over historical conflicts due to wars and the Japanese occupation of China in the 19th and 20th centuries.
 
Wang also praised Japan for having offered to take the “first step” to improve ties, echoing the words of Kishida before he embarked on the tour.