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Abe, Xi take step toward rapprochement

  • November 13, 2017
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All Sunday morning papers reported on the summit held on Saturday between Prime Minister Abe and President Xi on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam. Asahi wrote that the two leaders, who have both cemented their grip on power recently, agreed to accelerate moves to improve bilateral relations. President Xi reportedly said that the meeting represented a new beginning for Japan-China relations. The two leaders also agreed to work closely toward the complete implementation of the UNSC resolutions against North Korea and to hold a trilateral summit between Japan, China, and South Korea in Tokyo before the end of this year. The dailies also reported that PM Abe proposed the idea of reciprocal visits next year to mark the 40th anniversary of the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty. President Xi reportedly responded by saying that he approves of high-level mutual visits.

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