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Japan calls for summits with China, S. Korea

Published on Jan 17, 2014 3:21 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called Friday for summit talks with China and South Korea after more than a year of fractious arguments that have prevented any top-level meetings.

Beijing and Seoul have both refused to meet with conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, citing what they say is his lack of remorse for World War II wrongs and his intention to remilitarise Japan.

"Individual problems that we have with China and South Korea are the kind of issues that are difficult to solve in the short term," Mr Kishida said. "But I wonder if it's right to take the attitude that we should not have talks because we have issues.

"Exactly because there are problems, political leaders should hold talks and make efforts to solve them, shouldn't they?" he said.

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