fredag 28. juni 2019

Japan's Abe and China's Xi Jinping meet amid trade war fears

Relations have historically been strained, but concerns over US trade policy and North Korea's nuclear programme have shifted them closer. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the forthcoming G20 summit in Japan.

"I want to open up a new age of Japan-China relations hand in hand with President Xi," Mr Abe told reporters. The pair agreed to work together to promote "free and fair trade" following a "very frank exchange", a Japanese official said. It is the first official visit Mr Xi has made to Japan since becoming president in 2013. At the outset of their talks on Thursday, Mr Abe invited him to return on a state visit next year.