BEIJING China and Japan agreed on Friday to collaborate to develop cities and other infrastructure in Asia, part of an…
BEIJING China and Japan agreed on Friday to collaborate to develop cities and other infrastructure in Asia, part of an approach under the Japanese leader’s first formal visit to China in seven years.
Companies and official bodies of the two nations signed more than 50 agreements to collaborate on projects in third countries. This was an important issue from Beijing, looking for partners for an international infrastructure building initiative.
“We have restored relations to the right track,” said Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after meeting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  Mr. Abe said that the two countries would work to “neither is threat to the other.” He would plan to meet President Xi Jinping later on Friday.
Ties have been warmed recently between Asia’s two largest economies, partly involved, analysts say, through China’s needs of friends in the region while striking President Trump on trade issues. Japan is also looking for better relations because China is the largest export market and a tourist source.
Mr. Li nodded to Japan’s concern over China’s bid for dominance in next-generation technology, saying that Beijing would “protect” intellectual property rights and work with Tokyo to promote global free trade. Neither leader mentioned directly President Trump nor US customs on Chinese goods.
Beijing-Tokyo relations were called in 201
2 during a territorial dispute involving islands in the East China Sea, which Japan controls and China claims. While the dispute is still unresolved, both countries have tried to avoid recent inflammatory statements.
When Japan revealed a submarine drill in the South China Sea in September, where China has claimed broad territorial claims, Beijing issued only a mild statement in response.
Mr. Abe was greeted in Beijing’s grand public hall on Friday by a people’s liberation arm band that played the Japanese genocide, which requires the emperor’s eternal government, under whose name Japan occupied China before and during World War II.
This was the first official visit by Mr Abe since he hired his current term of 2012, although he has visited China for international gatherings. The last Japanese prime minister who made an official visit to Beijing was Yoshihiko Noda 2011.
The agreements on developing Asian infrastructure could deepen the signature Belt and Road Initiative of President Xi, which requires infrastructure investment through Eurasia, although Mr. Abe did not characterize them in that way.
Without mentioning the Belt and Road program, Abe repeated Japanese concerns. To say that projects in developing countries should be transparent and should not force these nations to raise too much debt. 19659013]