Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have agreed to further enhance relations between the 2 countries.
The 2 leaders met in Beijing on Thursday following Abe's arrival in the Chinese capital. It's the first visit by a Japanese prime minister in 7 years.
Li noted bilateral relations have returned to normal, and that momentum for improvement has been maintained.
He said that both countries should work hand-in-hand and move closer together to maintain stable and sound development of the bilateral relationship.
Abe said that he was happy to see Li again in the year that marks the 40th anniversary of a peace and friendship treaty between Japan and China.
He said that he wants to share with Chinese leaders the joy of mutual visits.
Abe is expected to meet Li again on Friday morning and President Xi Jinping in the afternoon.
Abe hopes to put on firm footing the steady development of bilateral ties through the leaders' reciprocal visits.
On the sidelines of the summit, Japan and China are expected to sign memorandums on diplomatic talks and the planned launch of dialogue to promote collaboration for innovation and technological advancement.