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China and Japan still groping their way to rapprochement

Caution on show at meeting of foreign ministers in Beijing

BEIJING -- Sunday's meeting here between the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers showed that while both sides talk about wanting better relations, each seems to be waiting for the other to make the first move, particularly on sensitive territorial matters.

For the handshake that began their three-and-a-half-hour encounter, Japan's Taro Kono strode in with a smile, only to turn serious when he realized that stony-faced Chinese counterpart Wang Yi was not reciprocating. The cool reception suggests a guarded stance by Beijing toward Tokyo's gestures of goodwill.

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