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Japan, China must work closer to improve stability in Asia

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping need to build on the good start they made toward improved bilateral ties to ensure that they can work together to play greater roles for stability in Asia through tenacious, cooperative efforts.

Abe and Xi, who met Nov. 12 on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Vietnamese resort city of Danang, agreed to put the bilateral relationship on better terms.

Symbolizing the positive tone of their meeting were Xi’s remarks describing their talks as a “fresh start” to the bilateral relationship, which has long been strained.

Xi was fresh from the vital Communist Party congress, where he further consolidated his political power, while Abe led the ruling Liberal Democratic Party through a resounding victory in the Oct. 22 Lower House election, a sizable boost to his leadership.

Their enhanced power bases have created a political environment conducive for the two leaders’ fresh attempts to tackle issues that have long kept the relationship between the two Asian powers mired in........

© The Asahi Shimbun