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A new chance has emerged for the improvement and development of bilateral relations, Li said, urging the two neighbors to take new steps for their ties to progress and to bolster the confidence of the two peoples and of the entire worldwide community in the development of China-Japan relationship.

He stressed that the creation of the China-Japan-South Korea free trade zone would "benefit not only East Asia, but also [would] have an external effect and stimulate negotiations on regional economic integration between the three countries and ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations]".

On May 9, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during a three-day state visit to Japan.

In the economic sphere, Li said both sides are willing to bring bilateral pragmatic cooperation to a higher level, and achieve more mutually beneficial cooperation.

Forty years later, the two sides should continue to follow the spirit of the treaty, said the premier.

Forty years ago, the older generation of leaders from China and Japan showed great farsight and strategic resolve by concluding the treaty, said Li.

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Mr Abe said the first meeting of the dialogue will take place when he visits China.

"But cooperating under the belt and road plan will be good for Japan too, because it's an opportunity for Japan to reach broader markets through this New Silk Road".

Li told the emperor that the latter's interaction with the people in China has left an "impression" and is "symbolic" of the friendship between their countries.

Li's visit came amid efforts by Beijing and Tokyo to improve relations that have been held back by long-standing and intractable territorial and historical disputes.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang addresses a reception marking the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship in Tokyo, Japan, on May 10, 2018.

"Cooperation will be good for both China and Japan, as long as it's honest".

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