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On 40th anniversary of signing of Japan-China treaty, Abe and Li exchange congratulatory messages

Kyodo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang exchanged congratulatory messages Sunday to mark the 40th anniversary of their countries’ signing of a peace and friendship treaty, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Highlighting Li’s visit to Japan in May, his first since becoming premier in 2013, Abe said in his message that he is “very pleased to have Japan-China relations return to a normal path.”

In his message, Li said the two countries are on track to further relations while expressing a desire to “promote lasting, sound and stable relations.”

The two also said they are eagerly awaiting a meeting in China by the end of the year, although a date has yet to be set.

In his meeting with Li in Tokyo in May, Abe said he wants to visit China and invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, also exchanged similar messages to mark the occasion.

A prime minister and a Chinese premier have not exchanged such messages to mark the anniversary since Taro Aso and Wen Jiabao in 2008.