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Japan-China Presidents Meet to End Rift
Nov 13, 2014

In a diplomatic breakthrough, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe on held their maiden talks, marking the first step towards mending ties between the two Asian rivals after years of territorial disputes and animosity due to wartime history.

Shinjo Abe said, “I believe that not only our Asian neighbours but many other countries have long hoped that Japan and China hold talks. We finally lived up to their expectations and made a first step to improve our ties.”

In his meeting with Abe, Xi said China hopes that Japan continues to follow the path of peaceful development and adopt prudent military and security policies. To build stable and healthy bilateral relations, China and Japan must conform to the progressive trend of the times.

He urged Japan to do more things that help enhance the mutual trust between Japan and its neighbouring countries, and play a constructive role in safeguarding the region’s peace and stability. He said the Chinese Government has always attached importance to its ties with Japan, and has advocated pushing forward Sino-Japanese ties on the basis of the four political documents reached between China and Japan and in the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking forward to the future.

Abe said Japan is determined to continue the path of peaceful development, noting that the current Japanese administration will maintain the same views held by previous Governments on the history issue. Japan is willing to implement the four-point agreement reached between China and Japan, properly handle related issues and make it the new starting point for promoting the improvement and development of the strategic and mutually—beneficial relations between Japan and China. China’s peaceful development is a significant opportunity for Japan and the world.

Shinjo Abe was in Beijing to take part in the two-day Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting.

There were no high-level meetings between the two countries for over two years. The summit talks followed a meeting of their foreign ministers, two days ago here to reach a four-point agreement to rest their ties without prejudicial to their claims on the islands called Senkakus by Japan and Diaoyus by China.

Located in the East China Sea, the uninhabited islands believed to be rich with oil and natural resources were administered by Japan.


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