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Suga calls for Japan-China talks at APEC summit

Japan's top government spokesperson has indicated that the leaders of Japan and China should meet on the sidelines of a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum this year.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on Friday.

He said China and Japan are the world's second- and third-largest economies and they have to be responsible for peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world.

He also said the Japanese side is keeping the door for dialogue open.

Suga added that the leaders need to talk all the more when their countries have bilateral issues to address.

He said world leaders will gather at the APEC summit to be held in Beijing in November and he thinks it natural that the Japanese and Chinese leaders will talk face to face there.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not held direct talks with Chinese leaders since he took office in December 2012.

Jul. 11, 2014 - Updated 08:31 UTC