Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Toyota's EV parts factory in Hokkaido

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During their 20-minute meeting, Emperor Akihito thanked Li for China's move to donate a pair of crested ibis to Japan.

China's Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he hopes Seoul will appropriately handle the issue of a U.S. THAAD missile defense system installed in South Korea, Chinese state radio said.

He said that as the second and third largest economies in the world respectively, China and Japan have close and highly complementary economic ties, and steady development of bilateral relations is in the interests of both sides and is beneficial for regional stability and world prosperity.

At a reception marking the 40th anniversary of the treaty in Tokyo, Li said, this is the best possible way to commemorate the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Xinhua reported.

Both Moon and Li are in Tokyo for a trilateral summit with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also agreed that South Korea and China could start joint research on how they could connect the two countries through North Korea. He has met with Abe on Wednesday as they agreed to enhance political mutual trust and step up economic cooperation between the two countries.

The premier called on Japan to align its development strategies with the Belt and Road Initiative, boost cooperation in innovation and high-end manufacturing.

"China will also be able to learn from Japan's experience in finance and investment", Sun said. China again invites and welcomes Japan to actively take part in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE).

Diplomatic relations between the two nations have improved in recent years after deteriorating sharply in 2012, when Tokyo nationalized a cluster of disputed East China Sea islets that China also claims.

A Japanese government source said the Chinese representatives had requested the visit to the factory, at which Toyota produces major automobile parts such as continuously variable transmissions.

"Cooperation will be good for both China and Japan, as long as it's honest".

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