Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, who will lead the delegation to bilateral economic talks in Beijing, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: AP

Japan-China relations boosted with expanded delegation for spring economic talks

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is sending six members of his cabinet to high-level economic talks in Beijing
  • Meeting will also prepare the groundwork for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first visit to Japan since coming to power in 2013
Topic |   China-Japan relations

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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, who will lead the delegation to bilateral economic talks in Beijing, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: AP
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China’s ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua (left), pictured with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is expected to step down in the coming weeks. Photo: AP

China set to appoint new ambassador to Japan, as Xi Jinping prepares for June visit

  • Cheng Yonghua has been in the post since 2010, but his departure should be seen as a goodwill gesture as Asian giants work to improve relations
  • Xi expected to travel to Osaka for G20 summit and has been invited by Shinzo Abe to make a state visit in the autumn
Topic |   China-Japan relations

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China’s ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua (left), pictured with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is expected to step down in the coming weeks. Photo: AP
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