Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga emphasized the importance of a stable relationship between Japan and China after meeting with a high level Chinese official for the first time since taking office in September.
Suga met with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday, before Wang left Japan after a two day trip.
Wang said, Chinese President Xi Jinping is looking to build "good working relations" with its neighbor.
"In fact most importantly, Chairman Xi Jinping expressed a willingness to build good relations with Prime Minister (Yoshihide) Suga, including in the fight against the pandemic and the economic recovery to strengthen the cooperation between our two countries in these two areas"
In addition, the two showed support for each other for the successful hosting of the Olympics, with the summer games being held in Tokyo in 2021 followed by the 2022 winter games in Beijing.
As for COVID-19, they expressed their intention to increase cooperation against the pandemic while working together to revitalize their economies.
"In this meeting, I am delighted that we have agreed to start business travel and residential travel by the end of November. I hope this agreement will contribute to vitalizing the Japanese and Chinese economies and also contribute to promoting mutual understanding."
However, the elephant in the room was revealed when unresolved issues in the East China Sea came up as a topic.
The awkwardness only intensified as the Japanese government announced Chinese boats had crossed into the Japanese territory even during the period of Wang's visit.
In recent times, Japan had been siding with the U.S. in the Trump administration's various power battles against China.
However, with this visit and the coming of a new administration in the U.S., the two may be heading towards a better future relationship.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.