China’s Premier Li meets with Japanese Emperor
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Japanese Emperor Akihito on Thursday (May 10) at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.
The meeting with Emperor came after a trilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, which emphasized cooperation regarding a push for North Korea’s denuclearisation, and strengthening economic ties on Wednesday (May 9).
Li, who paid his first official visit to Japan, also had bilateral talks with Abe, where two leaders agreed to improve Japan-China relationship.
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. China’s relations with Japan have also long been poisoned by what Beijing sees as Tokyo’s failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China before and during World War Two.