Asia's two largest economies have motive to cooperate within the face of President Donald Trump's strikes to impose tariffs on imports from their global locations and his calls for that they open their markets extra to American exports.
Kono met Wang in Beijing in January, in the first visit to China by a Japanese foreign minister in two years.
He finally managed to turn the tide a year ago with a qualified pledge of cooperation on Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature "Belt and Road" trade and infrastructure initiative.
"In these eight years, both nations as well as the economic conditions surrounding them have changed greatly, even as our regional economic roles have increased", Kono said at the start of Monday's discussions, noting a need for a reset of their often-fraught bilateral ties.
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U.S. President Donald Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a working visit on April 17-18, said a U.S. official. China is motivated by a lack of transparency in US policymaking, as well as tougher American security and trade stances, she added.
Despite the diplomatic push, tensions over territory and Japan's militarist history remain. The TPP, which Trump withdrew from soon after taking office past year, includes 11 Pacific Rim nations, but not China. While Wang did not specifically refer to a leadership meeting, according to China's foreign ministry, he said his visit had established the conditions for the "next step" in high-level exchanges.
After revealing the falsification of documents concerning the sale of a state property at a price much lower than its market value, March polls showed a drop in the rate of support for Mr. Abe to the lowest since the legislative elections of October which had given him a large victory for a new mandate.
"For China, Trump is unstable and unreliable", said Yasuhiro Matsuda, a professor of worldwide politics at the University of Tokyo. "So they can use ties with Japan as a form of insurance".