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As Japan and China mark 50-year ties, moods are mixed

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI
Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and China are marking the 50th anniversary of normalizing their ties Thursday. On Sept. 29, 1972, the two countries signed a communique, pledging peace and friendship. Their leaders Fumio Kishida and Xi Jinping are stressing the importance of their ties that have significantly developed over the past 50 years. But they still face difficulties. Kishida called for “constructive and stable” ties despite strains on regional and global peace and stability. Xi said he placed “great importance” on China-Japan ties and expressed willingness to work with Kishida to build a relationship that fits the requirement of the new era.

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