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China hopes to increase personnel exchanges with Japan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai in Beijing

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hopes to increase personnel exchanges with Japan to help improve bilateral ties.

During talks Friday in Beijing with a group of Japanese lawmakers including Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Wang welcomed their positive attitude toward China at a two-day meeting of their ruling parties in Xiamen, Fujian Province. The meeting ended Tuesday.

Calling for more bilateral exchanges, Wang said he hopes the Japanese government will also take such an attitude.

In response, Nikai said he will make efforts to achieve this.

On the North Korea situation, Wang said that Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs and the joint military drills often held by the United States and South Korea both need to be suspended.

Nikai also met with Zhi Shuping, minister at China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

They exchanged views on Japan’s rice exports to China and how to ease China’s import restrictions on Japanese foods produced after the March 2011 triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

A positive response was received from China, officials at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing said.