Japan, China agree on moves to mend ties further

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Posted: Nov 01, 2015 7:29 AM

SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan and China agreed on Sunday to restart mutual visits of their foreign ministers and to hold bilateral high-level economic dialogue early next year, a Japanese senior government spokesman said, as ties between Asia's two biggest economies warm.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also agreed that the two countries will work toward an early implementation of communication mechanism between their military forces, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda told reporters following a meeting between Abe and Li in Seoul.

Sino-Japanese relations, haunted by the legacy of Japan's World War Two aggression and conflicting claims over a group of East China Sea islets, have warmed since Abe met Chinese President Xi Jinping twice since last November.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; editing by John Stonestreet)