The Chinese language aspect was led by Overseas Minister Wang Yi, the primary go to by a Chinese language global minister for bilateral talks since 2009.
The Trump-Abe discussions, the second of its kind between the two since previous year, would continue with a larger bilateral meeting where the leaders could expand their discussions to include a range of "priority bilateral issues", said the official.
Japan wants to confer with its neighbor ahead of a summit between the two Koreas and a potential meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang and Japan's Foreign Minister Kono gesture at their meeting in Tokyo Thomson Reuters TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono said on Sunday that Tokyo and Beijing needed to work more closely together to denuclearize North Korea, in comments made during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi. However, talks resumed last month with all sides expressing interest in a swift resolution.
Noting that this year marks 40 years since the signing of a bilateral peace and friendship treaty, Kono told Wang, "I want us to rebuild a relationship that lives up to the name of 'peace and friendship'".
Kono told Wang that true improvement in bilateral ties can not be achieved without stability in the East China Sea, where China has challenged Japan's sovereignty over uninhabited islets.
Japanese officials said Kono and Wang agreed on the importance of maintaining the world's system of free trade.
He said the 2 countries should also put their ties back on the right path of development so that they can open the way for a new future.
Kono met Wang in Beijing in January.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday began a visit to Japan described as a major step forward in improving frosty relations, as Tokyo tries to stay involved in a flurry of worldwide diplomacy over North Korea. According to Japanese officials, the dialogue is the first in almost eight years.