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China Says Visit from Japan's Prime Minister Marks a "Turning Point" in Relations

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Chinese President Hu Jintao has hailed Sunday's summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a turning point in the the often-strained relations between the two countries.

Mr. Abe met with Mr. Hu and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao for several hours Sunday in the first summit between the two nations in five years. Chinese leaders had refused to meet former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, largely because he visited a controversial war shrine in Tokyo. Mr. Abe has also visited the shrine, but would not say Sunday if he would visit while in office. He did express "deep remorse" over the "grave damage and suffering" Japan caused in Asia 60 years ago in World War Two.

North Korea's nuclear program was a key agenda item at Sunday's talks. Mr. Abe said Japan and China had agree that a threatened North Korean nuclear weapons test would be "unacceptable." Mr. Abe travels to South Korea Monday.

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