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Abe calls on Li to abide by South China Sea ruling

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.   © Kyodo

ULAANBAATAR -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday urged Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to respect the recent ruling by a Hague tribunal against Beijing's claims in the South China Sea, but Li simply retorted that Tokyo had no role in the dispute and should not get involved.

Abe and Li spoke for about 35 minutes Friday in Ulaanbaatar on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting summit. They last met in November in Seoul.

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