In a public ceremony after a summit in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of a pact to set up within 30 days a hotline for senior defence officials to communicate during incidents involving each others' naval vessels or military aircraft.
On Wednesday, both South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang noted that North Korea should be guaranteed economic aid by the global community once it undertakes complete denuclearization.
But signs of warming ties emerged late past year, when Abe attended a celebration marking China's National Day at its embassy in Tokyo, and expressed interest in joining Beijing's "Belt and Road Initiative" spanning Asia, Europe and Africa.
RCEP is a megaregional economic agreement being negotiated between the 10 ASEAN governments and their six free trade agreement partners, including Korea, Japan and China.
During the meeting, the attendees agreed to cooperate on accelerating free trade among the three nations through trilateral trade deals and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, according to the Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
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Unconfirmed reports said Thursday that the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force is pulling out of the Golan Heights . The missile launcher responsible for the Iranian rocket strikes was also destroyed, according to the release.
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the signing of the treaty, Premier Li's visit to Japan has brought bilateral ties back to normal track, said leaders of the two ruling parties, adding that the Japanese side highly appreciates it.
The four documents refer to the 1972 Sino-Japanese Joint Statement, the 1978 China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, the 1998 China-Japan Joint Declaration, and the 2008 joint statement on advancing strategic and mutually beneficial relations.
In the political area, Li said at Thursday's reception that China and Japan have agreed that they will use history as a mirror while keeping a future-oriented mind, and maintain high-level exchanges.
Abe, who rolled out the red carpet for Li at Akasaka Palace, a state guest house in the west of the city, said Li's visit marked a fresh start for bilateral ties.
Business people of both sides can work together, especially within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and in jointly developing third-party market, he said.