November 11, 2017 / 12:39 PM / a year ago

Abe tells Xi he wants deeper cooperation on North Korea

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

DANANG, Vietnam (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday that he wanted to deepen cooperation on the response to North Korea at the start of their meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Vietnam.

“Japan and China hold a big responsibility for stability and peace of the region as well as the world. I would like to deepen cooperation, particularly on responses to North Korea,” Abe told Xi at the start of their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

Xi told Abe that “there still are many things to do in the process of improving ties” between the two countries.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Louise Heavens

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