Japan PM Abe: I’d like to improve ties with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said he wants to hold a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit set on November to be held in Beijing.

This call for a personal meeting with the Chinese President aims to improve relationship between Japan and China amid growing tension in East China Sea.

“I’d like to improve ties between the two countries, returning to the basics of making the relationship strategically mutually beneficial,” Abe said in a session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee.

“I hope to have a summit meeting (with Xi Jinping) during the APEC conference.”

“There is always some kind of problem between any neighboring countries, so the two sides should maintain relations by controlling,” Abe added. “That is a strategically mutually beneficial relationship.”

“My door is always open for dialogue. I urge China to take the same stance,” Japan’s head-of-state added.

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