7. Chinese Premier suggests early visit to Japan
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says he would consider making a formal visit to Japan in the first half of this year, on the occasion of a possible trilateral summit with Japan and South Korea. It was his first comment on the specific timing of the visit.
Li made the remarks at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday after the closing of the National People's Congress, in which he was reelected for a second term.
Li said he is willing to consider the visit to Japan amid signs of improving ties between the 2 countries.
Pointing out the importance of continued efforts to improve bilateral relations, he expressed his hope for greater efforts by the Japanese side.
Li also referred to the issue of trade between China and the United States.
He said there would be no winner in a trade war, and that both sides should remain rational and avoid giving in to emotions.