Japanese premier Shinzo Abe made a direct appeal to Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping for the two countries to improve relations amid their bitter row over disputed islands, Beijing said Friday.
Japanese politician Natsuo Yamaguchi (left) delivers a personal letter from Japan PM Shinzo Abe to Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on January 25, 2013. Abe has made a direct appeal to Xi for the two countries to improve relations amid their bitter row over disputed islands.
Tokyo's hawkish new leader said in a letter to Xi that he would like to "push forward Japan-China strategic relationships for mutual benefit", foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a regular briefing.
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