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Japan, China ties 'critical' for Asia: Indonesia's Yudhoyono

Published on Dec 13, 2013 2:09 PM
Japanese Prime Minister  Mr Shinzo Abe, left, applauds after a lecture by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Tokyo, Dec 13, 2013. Yudhoyono is in Tokyo to attend meetings between Japanese and Asean leaders. -- PHOTO:AP 

TOKYO (AFP) - A working relationship between Tokyo and Beijing, embroiled in a bitter territorial row, is "critical" for the region, the president of South-east Asia's largest economy said on Friday.

Indonesia's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said China needed "an open line of communication to avoid miscalculation" in its various sovereignty disputes, including that with Japan over a chain of islands in the East China Sea.

Speaking in Tokyo, where he is due to attend a special summit hosted by Japan, Yudhoyono said disagreements in North-east Asia are "pertinent" for the rest of the continent.

"In particular, it must be said that good relations between China and Japan are critical to the future of our region," he said.

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