LDP-led group of representatives arrives in Beijing

A 3,000-strong delegation of Japanese political, business and cultural leaders has arrived in the Chinese capital Beijing. The delegation is being led by the Chairman of the General Council of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party -- Toshihiro Nikai.

It includes heads of local governments and major enterprises. It's the largest official exchange between the two countries since the start of the current political fallout over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands, back in September 2012.

The delegation arrived in the southern city of Guangzhou on Thursday, where there was a meeting between Toshihiro Nikai and Hu Chunhua, secretary of the CPC's Provincial Committee in Guangdong. Key members of the delegation are due to meet with a number of financial leaders in Beijing.

They'll later visit nearby Tianjin municipality, and provinces of Hebei and Liaoning, to attend cultural, tourism and trade events. Toshihiro Nikai says the visit is aimed at fostering an improvement in relations between the two sides, and specifically boosting tourism between China and Japan.