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Japanese PM Suga speaks with Xi Jinping, both agree on need for regional stability

Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday. This was both leasers first talk. Both leaders agreed that regional stability was the need of the hour.

“Stable relations are important not just for our countries but for the region and the international community. I want to fulfil that responsibility,” Suga said in comments aired by pubic broadcaster NHK after he spoke with Xi on the telephone.

Xi said that China and Japan shared extensive common interests and that there was wide scope for cooperation.

Both China and Japan are locked in a dispute over an island in the South China Sea. Japan maintains that it has sovereignty pn Senkaku Island. China calls the island Diaoyu and has a similar claim of sovereignty.

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