Japan calls on China to up North Korea cooperation

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Japan’s foreign minister called on China to increase cooperation on curbing North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme Sunday during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing.

The meeting between Japan’s Taro Kono and China’s Wang Yi comes as the rival nations aim to improve relations held back by longstanding and seemingly intractable disputes over territory and Japan’s war-time legacy.

While ties between Asia’s two largest economies have shown signs of warming, China’s president Xi Jinping and Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe have yet to meet on their own soil.

In remarks at Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guest House, Kono praised the progress between the countries towards improving ties, while calling on Beijing to do more to curb Pyongyang’s weapons programme.

‘I believe it is important not only to discuss issues related to our two countries, but for Japan and China to stand side by side to deal with global issues,’ he said…”

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