BEIJING — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will meet with a group of Japanese business leaders on Tuesday amid increasing signs that the two countries are on course to improve their relations at a faster space.
The delegation of the Japan-China Economic Association, led by Shoji Muneoka, chairman of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., consists of about 250 people, the largest since the group started sending a mission almost annually to Beijing in 1975.
The meeting comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed earlier this month in Vietnam to make a “new start” in bilateral ties, which have often been strained by territorial and historical issues.
Just two days after the Nov. 11 meeting, Abe and Li met on the sidelines of a regional summit in the Philippines and also agreed to make further efforts at repairing the relations.
Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of the Japan Business Federation and also a member of the delegation, has said he wants to facilitate economic activities in the region and called for an early conclusion of a free trade agreement between China, Japan and South Korea.