Selin ATAY-TDO- Japan and China agreed on Wednesday to work on toward resuming mutual a travel, amid rising number of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in two countries.                              

Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that Foreign Ministers of Japan Toshimitsu Motegi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held an 80-minute call during which the duo “agreed to make arrangements for the resumption of mutual travel as soon as possible.”

China is among a group of countries for which Japan is viewing easing its travel ban as the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks to balance economic recovery with containing the coronavirus.

Japan has currently placed 146 countries and regions in its travel ban list due to the pandemic. The travel ban list includes Botswana, the Comoros, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Namibia, Paraguay, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, and Uzbekistan.

However, talks over the resumption of travel restrictions came when both China and Japan are reporting new infections in their countries.

On Tuesday night, Tokyo reported 982 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, the highest daily spike since the outbreak in the country. More than 1,000 people have so far died because of the virus in the country. Similar to Japan, China reported 101 new infections on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since April 12.

Foreign Ministers of Japan Toshimitsu Motegi also stated his country’s concern over “repeated intrusions” by Chinese vessels into Japanese territorial waters around the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, claimed by China as well which calls them Diaoyu.

According to Chinese daily Global Times, Foreign Ministers of China Wang Yi emphasized that China and Japan "would try to sign" the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by the end of 2020 and accelerate China-Japan-South Korea free trade agreement negotiations.

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