(Yicai Global) May 7 -- Economic cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative will be the main focus of the summit meeting between Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on May 9, said a major Japanese daily, adding Japan seeks ways to improve relations with China.
China and Japan will set up a coordination agency to hold talks on future cooperation projects to allocate them according to each side’s strengths, daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported yesterday, citing information from the Japanese government.
The planned coordination agency is also expected to discuss the Belt and Road projects, which are part of a grand plan for a vast infrastructure and trade route boasting a major network of railroads, highways, ports and pipelines embracing the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to improve relations with China through economic cooperation, the report said, adding that he intends to win China’s trust and believes Japanese companies can benefit from bilateral cooperation opportunities.
The Li-Abe summit will be held on the sidelines of the upcoming meeting between the leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. The trilateral summit has become the main platform for the Abe administration to improve Tokyo’s relations with Beijing, the report said.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the People’s Republic of China and Japan. Abe will host Premier Li under a state visit treatment, said Yomiuri Shimbun, adding he also plans to refer to possible cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative to "impress" the Chinese leadership.
Editor: Mevlut Katik