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Japan, China agree to boost relations ahead of Xi visit

AP  |  Tokyo 

and have agreed to boost their relations ahead of a planned visit by Chinese to in June, his first since coming to power in 2013.

China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, told on Friday that the timing is appropriate for the two sides to deepen ties.

Abe said Xi's visit would be a catalyst for further developing relations.

Yang is meeting top officials in to discuss details of Xi's visit, when he will attend a Group of 20 summit.

The two Asian powers have disputes over the ownership of tiny islands and undersea deposits in the Sea, as well as over wartime history, but their relations have improved recently amid the U.S. trade war with

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 18:11 IST