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Japan sees progress toward end to China beef ban in high-level talks

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend the Japan-China high level economic dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, April 14.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Japan and China agreed during their high-level economic dialogue Sunday on steps that could pave the way for the lifting of a prolonged ban on Japanese beef by Beijing, in the latest sign of a recent improvement in ties between the Asian powers.

The one-day ministerial meeting, co-chaired by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, dealt with a range of economic issues, including Beijing's intellectual property theft that has developed into a tit-for-tat tariff war between the United States and China.

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