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China, Japan hold strategic dialogue amid warming ties

China, Japan hold strategic dialogue amid warming ties

China and Japan began a fresh round of strategic talks on Thursday amid warming ties between the two sides.
Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shotaro Yachi and his Chinese counterpart Dai Bingguo were heading the three-day talks, which will focus on "China-Japan relations and other issues of common interest," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
"The strategic dialogue is a good platform for the two sides to have discussions on relations," Jiang said at a regular news briefing. "China values the dialogue very much."
While there has been more goodwill between the two sides since a fence-mending visit in October by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, ties remain precarious because of ongoing disputes over territorial issues, use of maritime resources and interpretations of wartime history.
Japan also expressed concern about China's anti-satellite missile test earlier this month, which Tokyo views as a step toward militarizing outer space and demanded explanations from Beijing.
The talks are the seventh round between the two Asian powers.


Updated : 2021-07-28 02:22 GMT+08:00