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Tokyo, Beijing to hold summit with Seoul 'at earliest possible'

Leaders agree to strengthen bilateral relations, cooperation on North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before their bilateral meeting in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11.   © Kyodo

DANANG, Vietnam -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China's President Xi Jinping held a bilateral meeting after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings that ended on Saturday, and agreed to hold a trilateral summit with South Korea "at the earliest possible time." The meeting will be held by Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

The two met for 45 minutes, in what was their sixth meeting. Abe told reporters after the meeting that they discussed the threat posed by North Korea, and said they had agreed on strengthening Japan-China cooperation on the issue.

According to a senior Japanese government official who was present at the meeting, the two were able to have detailed talks on North Korea, as well as on the need for repairing bilateral relations with each other.

Abe also revealed that Xi had told him the meeting marked a "new start of Japan-China relations."

The headline and the article has been modified to clarify that the Chinese personnel attending the trilateral summit is Li Keqiang, not Xi JInping.

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