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China: We are preparing for ‘high-level’ talks with Japan

China: We are preparing for ‘high-level’ talks with Japan

China is preparing for “high-level political dialogue” with Japan, China’s top diplomat told the head of Japan’s National Security Council on Thursday, fueling speculation of a leaders’ summit as early as September.

Sino-Japanese ties, long bedeviled by China’s memories of Japan’s wartime aggression and disputed islands in the East China Sea, have improved since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Chinese President Xi Jinping at an Asia-Pacific summit in Beijing in November.

The two met for a second mini-summit in April at an Asia-Africa leaders’ gathering in Jakarta and Japan wants to keep the thaw on track, while ensuring China realizes the risks of an increasingly assertive maritime-military policy.

“China attaches great importance to your trip and is preparing for high-level political dialogue between the two countries,” State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, told visiting Japanese National Security Council head Shotaro Yachi, according to a media report.

Source: China: We are preparing for ‘high-level’ talks with Japan – Business Insider