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Abe calls for summit for 'inseparable' Japan and China

Published on Jan 24, 2014 6:19 PM
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a policy speech in Tokyo, on Friday, Jan 24, 2014. Mr Abe said on Friday that Japan and China are "inseparable" and urged Beijing to come to the table for "vital" summit talks as he sought to move on from comparisons he drew with World War I. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that Japan and China are "inseparable" and urged Beijing to come to the table for "vital" summit talks as he sought to move on from comparisons he drew with World War I.

Mr Abe told lawmakers he would not budge on the sovereignty of the Tokyo-administered islands that Beijing claims, but insisted the disagreement should not prevent a meeting between two closely-intertwined countries.

"Unfortunately, we have not been able to realise summit meetings with China. But my door for dialogue is always open," he told the opening of a parliamentary session.

"Instead of refusing to hold dialogue unless issues become resolved, we should hold talks because we have issues."

 
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