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China and Japan move closer to cooperating on Belt and Road

Diplomats prepare for an Abe visit to China as early as October

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Singapore on Aug. 2.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- China and Japan agreed Thursday to encourage deeper economic cooperation in the private sector, targeting infrastructure projects in the region as part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi agreed to launch a public-private committee to advance joint infrastructure development in other countries. Specifically, the two sides are looking at Japanese companies taking part in Belt and Road projects, with further details to be ironed out at working-level talks in Beijing as early as September.

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