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MOFA hopes for improved China-Japan ties


05-16-2016 21:20 BJT

China's foreign ministry says it hopes Japan's new ambassador to Beijing, Yutaka Yokoi, will work to improve ties between the two countries.

"At the moment, relations between China and Japan have, to an extent, improved. But they are still fragile and complex. We hope that Japan's new ambassador to China will use due diligence to push for the improvement and development of relations between both countries," said Hong Lei, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman.

According to the official website of Japan's embassy in Beijing, Yutaka officially took over the ambassadorship from Masato Kitera on Sunday.  Kitera's term began in December 2012 when relations between China and Japan were frosty.

Kitera is moving on to be Japan's top envoy to France. Japanese media said the new ambassador, who also speaks Mandarin, has held a number of posts in China since he joined Japan's foreign ministry in 1979.

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