"We hope that the forthcoming meeting will open a new page in the cooperation of the three states and will make a new contribution to maintaining regional peace, prosperity and development," Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing.
She also expressed her hope that Li's visit to Japan, which will become the first one in eight years, would facilitate the further improvement of relations between China and Japan.
"Thanks to the two countries' efforts, a tendency toward improvement of bilateral relations emerged… We are confident that the forthcoming visit will contribute to further strengthening tendency toward improvement of Chinese-Japanese relations and will return them to the normal development path," Hua Chunying stated.
The seventh trilateral summit is set to be held in Tokyo on May 9. Premier of the Chinese State Council Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will take part in the summit. During the event, the parties are expected to discuss, in particular, the outcome of the recent inter-Korean summit and the global situation in general.