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Japan, China hold high-level economic dialogue in Tokyo

Japan and China discussed updating their mutual positions on economic cooperation at high-level talks in Tokyo on Monday, with a thaw in bilateral relations seeing the countries return to the dialogue framework after a roughly eight-year hiatus.

Leading the Japanese side, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said at the outset of the talks that the growing role Japan and China can play in the regional and global economy "requires us to gain a fresh perspective and think about how we can cooperate and coordinate with each other."

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China hopes to "deepen dialogue" with Japan about such cooperation, including through Beijing's "One Belt, One Road" infrastructure megaproject across the Indo-Pacific region, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.

Amid increasing trade friction between China and the United States, the Japanese and Chinese officials are also expected to discuss the importance of free trade and the maintenance of a multifaceted global trade system with the World Trade Organization at its core.

The dialogue was held in 2007, 2009 and 2010 before the hiatus was prompted by a chill in bilateral relations, primarily over China's activities in the East China Sea and its challenge to Japan's sovereignty over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands.

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