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Japan and China to form 'new relationship' for global cooperation

Tokyo and Beijing seen inking 'fifth document' during Xi's state visit in March

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, greets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka in June.

TOKYO/BEIJING -- Japan and China are considering signing a "fifth political document" during Chinese President Xi Jinping's planned visit to Japan next spring, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

They will become countries that can cooperate on important global issues such as the economy and the environment, the proposed document will say.

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