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Heads of economic departments of Japan and China held the first negotiations for the last two years
The heads of economic departments of Japan and China today held the first talks in the past two years - for the first time since the aggravation of relations between the two countries over the territorial dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands / in the East China Sea, according to Euronews.
The meeting between the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Toshimitsu Motegi and the Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China Gao Hucheng took place in Qingdao, China, on the sidelines of the forum of the heads of economic departments of the countries-participants of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
As Motegi said following the meeting, the conversation took place in a "very good atmosphere." “We have come to a common opinion that the two largest economies of the Asian region / China and Japan / should strengthen cooperation in the areas of energy conservation and logistics,” the Japanese minister said. At the same time, he said that the talks touched on the territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, but did not disclose the content of the conversation.
Relations between Japan and the PRC deteriorated greatly after the Japanese government bought Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands / from private owners in September 2012 and nationalized them. After that, Japan and China did not conduct high-level talks. Recently, the Japanese authorities have spoken in favor of holding a meeting between the leaders of the two countries, but in Beijing these initiatives have so far been rejected.