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Abe calls for summit with China at APEC

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to hold a summit with China when leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meet in Beijing in November.

Abe referred to the strained relations between Japan and China at a Lower House committee on Monday.

He said problems between neighbors are inevitable, but both sides need to recognize they are inseparably tied to each other. He added they need to maintain relations by keeping problems under control.

The prime minster also said it is very unfortunate the 2 countries have been unable to hold a summit.

He said he wants to return to a mutually beneficial strategic relationship between Japan and China and improve bilateral ties.

Abe said the door for dialogue is always open, and he hopes China will show a similar attitude.

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

Jul. 14, 2014 - Updated 07:15 UTC