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Japan PM Abe calls for 'frank' talks with China, South Korea

Published on Jan 19, 2014 12:09 PM
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Sunday for "frank" summit talks with China and South Korea to help solve historical and territorial disputes that have soured ties between the neighbours. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Sunday for "frank" summit talks with China and South Korea to help solve historical and territorial disputes that have soured ties between the neighbours.

A year of heated arguments have prevented the three from holding any top-level meetings, with Beijing and Seoul accusing Mr Abe of showing a lack of remorse for World War II wrongs.

"We should hold a summit meeting and have a frank discussion," Mr Abe said in an interview on public broadcaster NHK, two days after Japan's foreign minister called for similar talks.

Mr Abe, China's President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun Hye all came to power around a year ago, but entrenched positions and growing nationalism in the three countries have prevented them from getting together.

 
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