Nippon Express, one of the five largest logistics companies in the world, inaugurated its first journey from China to Europe on December 20, 2018. This first freight train is expected to connect Xian in China to Duisburg in Germany in just 18 days.
In September 2018, a Sino-Japanese committee on public and private investment along the new Silk Roads might be held in Beijing.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on July 30, 2018, at the Indo-Pacific Business Forum the upcoming launch of an infrastructure development plan for Asia.
For the 40th anniversary of the Sino-Japanese Peace and Friendship Treaty, on December 19, 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted to strengthen relations between the two countries. This announcement could eventually lead to a Japanese participation in