Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Abe and Chinese premier agree to work on closer Japan-China ties

Abe and Chinese premier agree to work on closer Japan-China ties

Manila, Nov. 13 (Jiji Press)-Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed Monday to boost efforts to improve their countries' relationship as this year marked the fortieth anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his country's commitment to helping the Southeast Asian bloc, pledging money to to "enhance maritime law enforcement capacity", as well as assist countries "in response to the rising threat of terrorism in Asia".

Pyongyang has stoked global alarm as it pursues nuclear weapons and missile programs in the face of sanctions slapped by the UN Security Council.

The two sides should continue to increase exchanges on culture, media and youths, and can also strengthen people-to-people bond through carrying out cooperation on Olympics as China will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2022 and Japan will host the Summer Olympics in 2020, Xi added.

"I can assure you that in the matter of the interest of your country and mine, we are supporting you against what North Korea is doing", Duterte told Japanese Minister during their bilateral meeting.

During the bilateral meeting which took place after the ASEAN-Japan Summit, Abe stressed that the nuclear and missile issues in the Korean peninsula were "grave and imminent" trades.

Since February, North Korea has launched 22 missiles during 15 tests.

"We've made some very big steps with respect to trade, far bigger than anything you know, in addition to about $300 billion in sales to various companies, including China", he said. It is bad. It puts a strain on everybody, not only in Japan but all over the world.

"That is why we are persuading him, maybe pleading him to stop the aggressive posture".

Duterte said the Philippines "condemns" the launching of missiles by North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.

He had also called Kim a "nutcase" playing with "dangerous toys".

North Korea's rapidly-progressing missile and nuclear tests have heightened tensions within its neighboring regions and raised alarm in the worldwide community.

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