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Japan calls for summit with China's Xi Jinping at Apec

Published on Jul 11, 2014 7:45 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan called Friday for summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a regional meeting in Beijing later this year, as diplomatic tensions sour relations between the neighbours.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Abe's right-hand man and the Japanese government's top spokesman, said it was "natural" for the two leaders to meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) forum, slated for November.

"At APEC, world leaders will convene. Having talks, I think, is a natural practice in the international community," he told the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

Tokyo and Beijing "have to share responsibility for peace and prosperity in the Asia Pacific and the international community", he added.

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