外文标题：Japanese PM Shinzo Abe meets China's Xi Jinping, calls it 'first step' towards reconciliation
BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held an ice-breaking meeting on Monday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific conference in Beijing, following more than two years of deep tensions over an island dispute.
The spat between China and Japan over uninhabited East China Sea islands raised concerns of a military confrontation between Asia's two largest economics. China also has been angry over what it sees as effort by Japan to play down its brutal 20th century invasion and occupation of China.
The meeting between Xi and Abe ahead of Tuesday's summit of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum gives rise to hopes the countries can dial down the tensions.
Abe told reporters after the talks that the countries made a "first step" toward reconciliation.
"I believe that not only our Asian neighbours but many other countries have long hoped that Japan and China hold talks," Abe said. "We finally lived up to their expectations and made a first step to improve our ties."
Japan and China, India and China must resolve their territorial claims at the soonest and get down to creating jobs for their people. Wars are not going to resolve any issues and will only give western nations a needle to poke around in the regional matters
China , Japan and India if they join together can control the developed world
that is exactly what I alluded to or meant above. If the 3 countries peacefully resolve their disputes and focus on economics and jobs, this region would be the most prosperous and powerful.
Sentimental problems even after 70 years!
Looks like Japan had bulge under pressure. Many people don't realize that China can simply buy its time when dealing with conflicts. They have the potential to eclipse all its neighbor. I suspect the next country to bulge will be the Philippines. Comparing Japan and Philippines, I feel that Japan has a better understanding of future development. Plain stupid for the Philippines to go head on with China. Diplomatic engagement should be the way to go.
They had "hostile" written on their forehead
Very good news for the east ! China India Japan axis will determine the world's future in coming decades and these three oriental countries bears the same civilizational value of peace and tranquility so naturally this will bring peace and prosperity in the Asia and the world .
China should stop its territorial aggression. For such a big country , these small encroachments , and claims for small areas does not give any credit. They really do not need it. They should have amicable relations like a big brother of the asian family and work for the rights and benefits of small nighbours.That will earn them respect rather than fear
A good development for Asian peace. I support.