TOKYO, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the China visit made by Natsuo Yamaguchi, the leader of the ruling New Komeito Party, as important to mend bilateral relations, local media reported Sunday.
Yamaguchi, who met with Chinese Communist Party's leader Xi Jinping on Friday in Beijing, briefed Abe the outcome of his four- day visit on Saturday, according to the report.
Abe said that dialogue between Japan and China is important and expressed his willingness to improve relations with China.
The New Komeito Party, the key ally of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and part of Japan's coalition government, is considered less hawkish than the LDP.
Relations between China and Japan have been scratched due to territorial dispute.
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Xi, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks as he met with Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the New Komeito party. The New Komeito party is the smaller of Japan's two ruling parties. Full story
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Xi's meeting with Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Japan's New Komeito party, marked the highest-level political contact made between the two countries since the Japanese government announced in September that it would "purchase" part of the Diaoyu Islands, a move that contributed to the disintegration of bilateral relations. Full story
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BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met with Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the New Komeito party Friday morning in Beijing.
Yamaguchi, who arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, is the first senior member of the Japanese ruling bloc to travel to China since the Japanese government announced in September the "purchase" of part of the Diaoyu Islands, a move that soured bilateral relations. Full story