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Japan, China seek to hold summit at Apec in November: Japanese paper

Published on Aug 4, 2014 9:54 AM
 
Japan and China are trying to arrange two-way talks between their leaders at a summit of Apec leaders in November in Beijing, in a bid to mend ties strained over a territorial spat and wartime history, the Nikkei business daily said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan and China are trying to arrange two-way talks between their leaders at a summit of Apec leaders in November in Beijing, in a bid to mend ties strained over a territorial spat and wartime history, the Nikkei business daily said on Monday.

Such a move would mark a shift in stance by China, which has shrugged off a call by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a summit at the Apec meeting.

Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his desire to mend relations between Asia's two major powers during a meeting with former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda, who visited China late in July on a "stealth mission" to broker a rapprochement, the paper said, citing sources from both sides.

During the meeting, Fukuda conveyed Abe's call for dialogue, while Xi voiced concern over bilateral relations and expressed a positive stance to resolve the diplomatic deadlock, the paper said.

 
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