May 9, 2018 / 7:53 AM / 14 days ago

Japan's Abe eyes fresh start for China ties, plans visit this year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said he wanted to mark a fresh start for ties with China and planned a visit to the country this year.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the beginning of a luncheon meeting with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the prime minister's former official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 9, 2018. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via Reuters

“I want to raise Japan-China relations to a new level,” Abe said ahead of a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Li referred to an improvement in relations between the two nations, saying, “Blue skies are appearing.”

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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