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Abe, Li hold meeting

Jiji PressMANILA (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Manila on Monday on the sidelines of a series of regional summits.

Abe is expected to ask Li to take part in a trilateral summit among Japan, China and South Korea that Tokyo aims to hold in Japan by the end of this year, informed sources said.

The sources said Abe and Li are likely to exchange opinions on how the two major Asian economies can cooperate on the economic front.

The meeting came after Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Vietnam on Saturday. It is unusual for a Japanese prime minister to hold separate talks with the top leaders of China in such a short period of time.

The sources said Abe and Li are expected to agree that Japan and China will strive to improve bilateral relations as this year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries, to be followed by the 40th anniversary next year of the conclusion of the bilateral peace and friendship treaty.

The Japanese government hopes to realize an Abe visit to China and a visit by the Chinese president to Japan next year.

At the meeting with Xi, Abe proposed that Japan and China not only promote trade and investment between the two countries but also cooperation between Japanese and Chinese companies in third countries.

Abe and Xi agreed to continue discussions on how the two countries can contribute to regional and global prosperity, including China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative to create a vast economic zone from China to Europe.Speech

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