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Japan, China mark 50 years of diplomatic ties as tensions mount

Kishida and Xi send messages to Tokyo event, with parallel ceremony in Beijing

Messages from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida were read out at this event in Tokyo on Sept. 29, marking the 50th anniversary of the normalization of ties.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages on Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Xi told Kishida that he attached "great importance" to the development of relations, and that he was willing to work together to build ties that "meet the demands of a new era." Similarly, Kishida told Xi that although there are "many issues and challenges" in the relationship, he hopes to pave the way for a "new future."

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