China's Xi urges Japan to put aside 'distractions' in relations

China's Xi urges Japan to put aside 'distractions' in relationsChinese President Xi Jinping urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday to put aside “distractions” that have strained bilateral ties and warned that China was unwilling to compromise on Taiwan, state news agency Xinhua said. Relations have been complicated for decades by the legacy of Japan’s wartime aggression. Self-ruled Taiwan, which is claimed by China and was governed by Japan from 1895-1945, is another sensitive issue, and a maritime territorial dispute over small islands in the East China Sea has deepened mutual suspicion in recent years.

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