China hopes to work with Japan to get back relations

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi pose for photograph before their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China Jan. 28, 2018. REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool

Vastavam web: China hopes to work with Japan to get relations back onto a normal track, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Sunday during a meeting in Beijing.China and Japan have long sparred over their painful history, with Beijing frequently accusing Tokyo of not properly atoning for Japan’s invasion of China before and during World War Two.

However the two countries have sought to improve ties, and Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in November on the sidelines of a regional summit in Vietnam.However, while there has been positive progress there are also many “disturbances and obstructions,” Wang said, while also noting comments from Abe on wanting to improve relations.“China-Japan relations have always been like a boat going against a current, and if there is no progress then things go backwards,” he added.