China, Japan Hold First Security Talks in Four Years
China and Japan have held high-level security talks for the first time in four years, another step toward mending ties that were severely damaged over a territorial dispute.
The deputy foreign ministers of both countries met Thursday in Tokyo for a day of talks, with both sides expressing hope for continued improvement in relations.
"Ties between Japan and China have been making a gradual advance since last year's summit meeting but there still are concerns over each other's security policy," said Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama. "The best way to dissolve concerns is to hold direct dialogue."
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao also stressed the importance of dialogue, "as the two sides are important neighbors and regional powers."
The talks, which also included defense officials, had been held regularly since 1993 but were canceled in 2012 after Japan nationalized a group of islands claimed by both countries.
In Japan, Michelle Obama Touts 'Let Girls Learn' Initiative
United States First Lady Michelle Obama is continuing her trip to Japan, where she is touting an initiative aimed at helping girls in developing countries finish their education.
Speaking alongside her Japanese counterpart, Akie Abe, on Thursday, Mrs. Obama said the U.S. and Japan would work together on the White House's Let Girls Learn initiative.
The initiative, which aims to help educate the 62 million girls globally who do not attend school, was recently unveiled by Mrs. Obama and her husband.
The U.S. Peace Corps will work alongside the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers and other international aid groups to help implement the program.
The U.S. first lady also met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday. She also plans to meet with the emperor and empress of Japan before heading to the tourist hotspot, Kyoto, on Friday.