FOCUS: Abe-Xi meeting on horizon, but tensions over thorny issues remain

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20:36 25 August 2016

By Junko Horiuchi
TOKYO, Aug. 25, Kyodo

Japan and China are making progress to realize a leaders’ meeting early next month but the rifts between them over tensions in the East and South China seas and over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs remain deep-seated.

Foreign ministers of the two countries agreed Wednesday to seek a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in China as they expressed willingness to improve ties and cooperate for the success of G-20, a key event to which Beijing attaches great importance this year.

The same day, Shotaro Yachi, a key political adviser to Abe, traveled to China at the invitation of State Councilor Yang Jiechi, the country’s top diplomat, and discussed bilateral ties with Yang and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

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