Ahead of the briefing, China and Japan signed an agreement to prepare yearly plans for talks, dialogues and exchanges, as well as a pact to step up cooperation in innovation.
They are also both pushing for a quick conclusion to Regional Comprehensive Economic Agreement, a trade deal involving 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific. Just $5 a month. Vijay Gokhale, India's Foreign Secretary, said that the meeting between Abe and Xi Jinping would have no bearing on his summit with Modi.
The Chinese premier said in a speech at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Thursday that China and Japan should safeguard free trade and anchor global growth. As China's economy surged past Japan's to become the world's second largest, such assistance appeared increasingly anachronistic, although Japan had continued to provide funds for problems such as health and air pollution that affect the region as a whole.
During his meeting with Li, Abe trumpeted a new stage in the bilateral partnership.
Abe said he hopes to use his visit as an opportunity to boost ties between the two countries and enter a new phase of relations - moving from competition to cooperation.
India and Japan are collaborating in building a liquified natural gas terminal in Sri Lanka and would look at similar projects in India's immediate neighbourhood, said Gokhale.
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Abe returned to power in 2012 when Sino-Japanese ties were in tatters due to a feud over East China Sea islands, and the territorial dispute remains a key source of friction between the two countries.
Abe, for his part, reiterated the importance of free, fair, and rules-based trade.
China's nationalistic Global Times said in an editorial that "though the United States is quite an influential factor in China-Japan ties, the effect is limited".
"The treaty, signed by the elder generation of leaders of both countries, established a general direction of lasting peace, friendship between the two countries in the form of law, and provided solid support for both sides to conduct mutual beneficial cooperation, achieve common development, and properly deal with sensitive historical issues and the Taiwan issue", Xi said. At the forum, Abe took the opportunity to once again emphasize the need to follow worldwide standards for infrastructure projects and to take into account the financial position of recipient countries.
"(Japan) is determined to settle the abduction, nuclear and missile issues as well as the unhappy past and normalize diplomatic relations (with Pyongyang)", Prime Minister Abe said.
The visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, along with hundreds of Japanese businessmen, took place against the backdrop of the festering trade dispute between China and the US that has resulted in both sides imposing billions of dollars in tariffs on each other's exports. The two leaders would jointly hold a reception that would mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty Of Peace and Friendship.
Xi is expected to visit Japan next year, with Abe returning to China to attend a trilateral summit of the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea.