Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 25, 2018.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct. 25, 2018.

China and Japan on Friday signed a broad range of agreements on strengthening bilateral ties, pledging to step up cooperation in areas from finance and trade to innovation and securities listings, according to a Reuters witness.

The agreements were signed during Shinzo Abe’s visit to Beijing, the first by a Japanese prime minister in seven years, as Asia’s two biggest economies looked to further build relations and trust against a backdrop of trade friction with the United States.