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Japanese lawmakers meet top Chinese official amid soured ties

Published on May 5, 2014 10:41 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - One of China's most powerful officials hosted lawmakers from Japan on Monday as relations strained by territorial and historical disputes prevent a formal summit between their leaders.

State television showed footage of a bipartisan delegation of senior Japanese lawmakers meeting Zhang Dejiang, the third-ranking member of China's power hierarchy.

Zhang spoke with Masahiko Komura, a former foreign minister and now vice president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the China Central Television footage showed.

It marked the first time that a senior lawmaker from Japan's ruling party has met a member of China's powerful seven-member Politburo Standing Committee since Abe became prime minister in late 2012, Japan's Kyodo news agency said.

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