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Japan and China pledge to accelerate free trade talks

Both agree to work more closely at first high-level economic meeting in eight years

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and Japanese counterpart Taro Kono ahead of a high-level Japan-China economic dialogue in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The governments of Japan and China stressed the importance of free trade and pledged to accelerate negotiations of bilateral pacts at their high-level economic dialogue in Tokyo on Monday, the first such meeting in eight years.

"We share the recognition that bringing on a trade war would have a huge impact on the prosperity of the global economy," Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters after the meeting. 

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