During the meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Sunday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Tokyo to join efforts with Beijing to improve bilateral relations, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"We want to improve overall (bilateral) ties this year", Kono, the first Japanese foreign minister to visit China in about two years, said at the outset of the meeting open to the media.
"The North Korea issue is now an urgent issue for the whole of global society", Kono said ahead of talks as he praised progress made in the relationship between the two neighbours.
On his part, Mr Wang said ties between the two neighbours are like a boat trying to make headway against the current, and that the two countries need to overcome the turbulence and obstacles that stand in their way if they are to make any progress in improving their relations.
Japan and South Korea, rattled by North Korea's repeated missile tests, are keen to enlist support from Beijing in halting Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
Wang said China had noted positive remarks about the relationship from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but that difficulties still remain.
During the meetings in Beijing, Kono is also aiming to make arrangements with China to hold as soon as possible a trilateral summit also involving South Korea, which Tokyo wanted to host past year, the official said.
South Korea was the previous host of the trilateral summit in 2015.
Independiente mereció más, pero empató con Central
El Canalla, por su parte vuelve a la actividad luego de un semestre irregular y sin su gran incorporación: Néstor Ortigoza . El encuentro, que terminó igualado 1 a 1, tuvo un cierre dramático en el que ambos desperdiciaron chances de ganar.
Japan called on China to avoid taking actions that could escalate tensions in the East China Sea, Kono said, adding China repeated its "own assertiveness" on the maritime issue.
Following the talks, Kono met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and senior foreign policy adviser State Councilor Yang Jiechi.
At the end of China's war against Japanese aggression and World War II, China had recovered the islands that had been occupied by Japan during the war.
China on Friday said it was "strongly dissatisfied" with the opening of a museum in Tokyo devoted to disputed islands, as the Japanese foreign minister prepares to visit Beijing this weekend.
Both sides also pledged to sign an agreement "as soon as possible" to establish a military hotline to help prevent incidents in the East China Sea.
Tokyo has been wooing China with official visits and business delegations, but an exchange of state visits has remained a hard sell. "In 2017, we saw many positive developments in our bilateral relationship".
China and Japan experienced a major break in relations in 2012, after Beijing responded furiously to Japan's nationalization of uninhabited East China Sea islands that Tokyo controls but which China claims.