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Japan, China exchange warm words for key anniversary

Abe wants to mend ties as he counts on Beijing's sway over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, shakes hands with Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua in Tokyo on Sept. 28.

TOKYO -- Seeing a key partner in Beijing to rein in the rogue state of North Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made conciliatory gestures to China for the 45th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations.

Abe attended a ceremony sponsored by the Chinese Embassy marking the occasion here Thursday. It was the first time in 15 years that a sitting Japanese leader attended the event -- and the first time under the Abe government.

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