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China, Japan Leaders Open Door to Mend Ties in First Meeting

  • Xi Jinping meets Fumio Kishida on sidelines of APEC gathering
  • Ties between two neighbors have frayed in recent years
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Asia-Pacific Shouldn’t Be Arena for ‘Big Power Contest, Xi Says
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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida asserted their desire to improve relations and agreed to reopen lines of communication in the first meeting of the leaders of Asia’s two largest economies in three years.

Xi expressed a willingness to work with Japan to maintain a stable relationship at their summit Thursday on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Bangkok. Kishida, for his part, said both sides had a responsibility to uphold peace and security in the world.