UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Ministers from China and Japan held high-level economic talks in Tokyo. It’s the first time in eight years that such discussions took place.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi on April 15.

NHK reported that the two sides discussed recent protectionist moves by the U.S. and agreed that a trade war would hurt the global economy.

Kono said Japan and China share the goal of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. He said he hopes to boost bilateral ties for that purpose.

Wang said China-Japan relations show signs of improvement but sensitive matters remain. He said he hopes talks will continue to improve ties.

The two are also believed to have discussed details of a trilateral summit of leaders from Japan, China and South Korea to be held in May.