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Japan PM Abe arrives in Beijing for APEC Japan PM Abe arrives in Beijing for APEC A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) honour guard welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie (R) on their arrival for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing on Nov 9 , 2014.

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday arrived in Beijing, where he is expected to hold his first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping after presiding over two years of animosity between Asia's biggest economies.


"I want to improve Japan-China relations," Abe told reporters at Tokyo's Haneda airport before flying to the Chinese capital. "For a summit (with Xi), the final arrangements still need to be made. But if it is to take place , I would like to give my message that Japan and China - responsible for the international community's peace and stability - develop their bilateral ties, as well as starting a maritime communication mechanism to avoid accidental collisions."

Japan PM Abe arrives in Beijing for APEC Japan PM Abe arrives in Beijing for APEC Japan PM Abe arrives in Beijing for APEC Japan PM Abe arrives in Beijing for APEC

The meeting with Xi would take place on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gathering in Beijing, which culminates in a two-day summit of leaders from 21 member-economies starting on Monday.


Abe heads to Beijing for APEC after Japan and China reached an accord on Friday to tone down tensions over territorial and historical disputes that had fuelled concerns of outright conflict.


Tokyo has long been pressing for a meeting.


Ahead of Abe's departure, the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers held their first formal talks in more than two years on Saturday on the sidelines of APEC. The talks between Wang Yi and Fumio Kishida were the first at such a level since September 2012.


In the accord between the two announced on Friday , each used only their own name for the islands but said they would set up a "crisis management mechanism" to keep the situation under control. The agreement was widely seen as setting the stage for a summit between Xi and Abe, though no official announcement has yet been made.


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Royal Malaysian Navy Chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said on Friday that on his tweet account that the search sector for AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been moved 30 nautical miles to the east.


He said the "most probable area" was established with a dimension of 1,575 sq nautical miles.

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