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Wang, who will be in Tokyo until Tuesday, will also take part in the fourth China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue.

With the United States government's restraints on steel and aluminium imports, China and Japan will also exchange views on the significance of free trade and look to ease escalating global trade tensions.

After such a meeting, they hoped to organise reciprocal visits by Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kono said.

The Chinese side was led by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the first visit by a Chinese foreign minister for bilateral talks since 2009.


"We would like to co-operate further towards the common goal between Japan and China, of establishing a complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea", Kono said as the two began talks in Tokyo.

With China and South Korea already boasting a successful trade deal, today's talks will strengthen the Sino-Japanese relationship, which is perhaps the weakest link between the three and an important step ahead of the next trilateral summit come next month. According to Japanese officials, specific dates for any of the visits are yet to be decided.

The ministers agreed to strive for the early implementation of a "Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism" to prevent unintended collisions in the area.

Financial markets have been roiled recently over fears that a full-blown US-China trade war could shatter global trade and economic growth, and these issues are likely to be high on the agenda, along with Japanese cooperation on projects in China's "Belt and Road Initiative". Coastguard and military ships from both countries continue to tail one another around the uninhabited Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyus in China.


Kono met Wang in Beijing in January.

China and Japan held their first high-level economic dialogue in nearly eight years on Monday in Tokyo.

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Wang did not specifically mention the proposed USA trade policies, as its implementation and consequences were still unclear.

Chinese Foreign Minister was due in Tokyo Sunday for a visit seen as a sign of a gradual thaw between the Asian rivals, amid flurries of diplomacy over.


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