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Abe Hails China Ties, Raises Tough Issues as Xi Visits Japan

  • Japanese leader raises human rights problems, island dispute
  • Abe invites Xi to make state visit in spring next year
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised warming ties with China on Xi Jinping’s first visit to the country in a decade, even as he raised a long list of complaints including unfair business practices and Chinese coast guard activity around disputed islands.

Xi met Abe shortly after arriving in Osaka on Thursday, as Asia’s two largest economies seek to preserve economic ties amid trade fights and renewed territorial tensions. He had last come to Japan as vice president in 2009, while the last top Chinese leader to visit was then-President Hu Jintao in 2010.