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China’s Xi Agrees to Consider Summit, Japan Envoy Says

China’s Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has agreed to consider holding a summit with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aimed at easing tensions over a territorial dispute, a Japanese government envoy said.

Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Abe’s junior coalition partner, told reporters after meeting Xi in Beijing yesterday he suggested both sides make efforts to hold a summit and Xi told him that “high-level talks were important and he would seriously consider this.”