From AP via msnbc.msn.com:
China and Japan inaugurate talks on trade and economic issues Saturday that are intended to bolster the recent warming in their long uneasy relations.
The half-day of talks and a weekend of meetings bring together the countries' ministers holding foreign affairs, finance and economic portfolios to discuss a range of issues and are modeled after similar dialogues China holds with the United States and the European Union . Only two modest agreements are expected " one on a $420 million loan to China to fund six environmental projects, the other a treaty to allow the countries' police and prosecutors to work directly and bypass diplomatic intermediaries. [Full Text]