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China's Xi, Japan's Abe hold meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday held a meeting at the request of the Japanese side ahead of the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting.

China hopes that Japan continues to follow the path of peaceful development and adopt prudent military and security policies, Xi told Abe.

Abe said Japan is determined to continue the path of peaceful development, noting that the current Japanese administration will maintain the same views held by previous governments on the history issue.

Japan is willing to implement the four-point agreement reached between China and Japan, properly handle related issues and make it the new starting point for promoting the improvement and development of the strategic and mutually-beneficial relations between Japan and China, Abe said.

"China's peaceful development is a significant opportunity for Japan and the world," he told Xi.

He also said Japan supports China in hosting a successful APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.

The meeting came after a four-point agreement reached last week by China and Japan, which agreed to resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue while acknowledging different positions on the Diaoyu Islands.

To build stable and healthy bilateral relations, Xi said, China and Japan must conform to the progressive trend of the times.

He urged Japan to "do more things that help enhance the mutual trust between Japan and its neighboring countries, and play a constructive role in safeguarding the region's peace and stability."

Noting that China and Japan are close neighbors, Xi said stable and healthy development of Sino-Japanese ties is in line with fundamental interests of people in both countries as well as the common aspiration of the international community.

He said the Chinese government has always attached importance to its ties with Japan, and has advocated pushing forward Sino-Japanese ties on the basis of the four political documents reached between China and Japan and in the spirit of "taking history as a mirror and looking forward to the future."

The four political documents refer to the China-Japan Joint Statement inked in 1972, the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1978, the China-Japan Joint Declaration of 1998 and a joint statement on advancing strategic and mutually-beneficial relations in a comprehensive way that was signed in 2008.


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