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Japan and China vow to avoid trade war

Economic talks light on results as Beijing brushes off Tokyo's pleas on steel

TOKYO -- Monday's economic dialogue between Japan and China generated more talk than action as both sides agreed on the importance of avoiding a trade war but remained far apart on such issues as a global oversupply of steel.

The event here was the first of its kind in eight years, marking a return to the negotiating table after a period of bilateral tension. But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, the meeting's co-chairs, seem to have spent their time talking past one another.

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