Amid Tensions, Chinese Premier Meets Japan Delegation

April 14, 2015 10:49 AM

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Tuesday with a Japanese delegation led by ex-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, amid halting efforts to reduce lingering tensions between the countries before this year's 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender at the end of World War II.

Li told Kono that the last two years have been difficult, but "both sides have the wish to improve things." That was a reference to a festering island territorial dispute and what Beijing sees as moves by some in Japan to shirk their country's responsibility for the war.

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