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China Seeks Japan Ties Based on Cooperation, Not Confrontation

  • Foreign Minister Wang says `lack of mutual trust' remains
  • China hosts first Japanese foreign minister in over four years
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China’s foreign minister called on Japan to stop painting Beijing as a threat and do more to confront its wartime past if it wanted better ties between Asia’s two biggest economies.

“We want to develop a sound and steady relationship of good-neighborliness and friendliness,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing Saturday after meeting his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida. “It should be a relationship based on facing up to the history, living up to the commitment, and on cooperation rather than confrontation.”