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International relations

Possible Japan-China summit seen for July

Tokyo eager to boost ties to rein in North Korea

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, paid a visit to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

TOKYO -- Japan's Shinzo Abe and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi agreed Wednesday to work toward a bilateral summit and other high-level talks in July, when the Group of 20 leaders congregate in Germany.

The two met for about 50 minutes at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. Abe told Yang that the two countries should work together to improve relations from a big-picture standpoint, based on strategic, mutually beneficial ties -- according to a Japanese source.

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