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International relations

Xi and Abe use economy as binding force but hold back on security

Collaboration to replace competition as guiding principle of relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Oct. 26. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

BEIJING -- From extending an early invitation to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to promising to reconsider a ban on Japanese food affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping worked at Friday's summit to repair relations that had deteriorated to their worst in decades.

"With concerted efforts by both sides, China-Japan ties are back on track and gaining positive momentum," Xi said. "This is worth cherishing."

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