Senior government officials from Japan and China met at a two-day symposium that kicked off Sunday in Tokyo, in yet another sign of an apparent thaw in relations between the two Asian powerhouses.

During the 14th Annual Tokyo-Beijing Forum at a hotel in the capital, Wei Jianguo, vice chairman at the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, revealed that about 1,000 people will attend a signing ceremony for more than 60 joint projects involving Japanese and Chinese firms when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Beijing later this month.

Those projects are all designed to jointly develop "third-country" markets in countries outside of China and Japan.