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Japan PM Abe says door always open for China talks

Published on Jul 8, 2014 9:33 AM
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks back after arriving at the Fairbairn defence establishment in Canberra on July 7, 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has played down recent tensions with neighbour China, saying the countries were "inextricably linked" and his door was always open for dialogue. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has played down recent tensions with neighbour China, saying the countries were "inextricably linked" and his door was always open for dialogue.

Tokyo and Beijing have long been at odds over islands in the East China Sea with simmering distrust flaring more recently after Japan moved to loosen the bonds on its powerful military.

Abe was in Canberra on Tuesday where he and counterpart Tony Abbott were expected to sign an agreement on closer defence ties, a move that could further anger China.

In an interview with The Australian broadsheet, Abe said he was keen to nurture a mutually beneficial relationship with Beijing, while urging China to play a constructive role in regional security.

 
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