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Japan delegation leaves for Beijing to mend ties with China

Published on May 4, 2014 3:17 PM
 
Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51 (centre) sails near Japan Coast Guard vessels (right and left) and a Japanese fishing boat (front 2nd left) as Uotsuri island, one of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, is background, in the East China Sea on July 1, 2013. A delegation of senior Japanese lawmakers left for Beijing on Sunday, May 4, 2014, on a mission to mend ties between the two neighbours amid a territorial dispute, which has prevented a leaders' summit. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - A delegation of senior Japanese lawmakers left for Beijing on Sunday on a mission to mend ties between the two neighbours amid a territorial dispute, which has prevented a leaders' summit.

The bipartisan delegation, led by Masahiko Komura, former foreign minister and vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, departed from Tokyo's Haneda airport Sunday morning on a three-day visit to China, officials said.

The mission consisted of nine lawmakers of both ruling and opposition parties belonging to the Japan-China Friendship Parliamentarians' Union.

During the trip, the Japanese lawmakers are scheduled to hold talks with former Chinese foreign minister Tang Jiaxuan and other Chinese officials, Japan's public broadcaster NHK said.

 
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