Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Thursday, May 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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The Japanese and Chinese trade ministers held talks Saturday in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a visit by Japan's premier to a controversial war shrine sparked a furious diplomatic row in December.It was the first Cabinet-level meeting since hawkish Japanese premier Shinzo Abe's visit to Yasukuni Shrine on December 26 provoked outrage in Beijing, inflaming diplomatic tensions already running high over a bitter territorial dispute.Relations between the Asian giants plunged to their lowest in years in September 2012 after Japan nationalised part of a South China Sea island chain known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China.
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