Abe, who has been accompanied by a 500-strong business delegation, expressed hopes for closer ties and a shift in relations from an age of "competition to cooperation", an apparent reference to rifts that until recently have muted Japanese business interests in China.
Which is why news of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to China is remarkable.
Hsiesh noted that information now available suggests Japan and China will discuss cooperation in the fields of security and finance, and that Abe is likely to invite Xi Jinping personally to attend the June 2019 G20 summit in Osaka.
Mr Abe is expected to meet with President Xi Jinping later this week in the first full-scale Sino-Japanese summit since 2011.
"That's nonnegotiable, and that's what Japan needs to protect while it improves its relationship with China and other countries".
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono attended a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. "Between the two countries for more than 70 years is not concluded a peace Treaty", said Prime Minister of Japan.
"The two countries need to manage differences and problems constructively on the basis of the principles set in the four political documents between China and Japan and in the spirit of 'taking history as a mirror and facing to the future, '" said Li.
Calling China and Japan important Asian countries and major world economies, Li said the two countries should jointly safeguard and contribute to regional peace, development and prosperity and uphold multilateralism and free trade.
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Jin Jianmin, a senior fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute in Tokyo, said that with China's fast economic development, the respective advantages of the industries and technologies of the two countries become clearer, and the foundation of win-win cooperation become more solid.
He hopes that the two sides could enhance mutual trust through more people-to-people exchanges, especially through the communication between the younger generations.
Mr Abe's three day official trip, the first state visit to China by a Japanese leader in seven years, will officially celebrate the 40th anniversary of a peace and friendship treaty.
"We would like to push ahead with cooperation in third countries as part of our Belt and Road initiative, and drive bilateral cooperation to the next higher stage", Mr Li said.
He vowed to elevate the relationship to a new level through the visit.
"The hard issues are going to stay", said Akio Takahara, a professor at the University of Tokyo, adding that he expected relations to remain cordial at least until Xi visits Japan, which he is expected to do for the Group of 20 summit in Osaka next year.
Japan is at risk as it exports to China manufacturing equipment and electronic parts, which are used to make finished goods for the United States and other markets.
The leaders will discuss a range of regional and global issues, including North Korea's denuclearisation.