Abe, Li hold meeting

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Mr Xi also met South Korean President Moon Jae In yesterday and encouraged South Korea to resume dialogue with the North.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and President Rodrigo Duterte (R) look at each other before the 20th ASEAN Japan Summit on the sideline of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.

"While of course, we can not deny the existence of some sensitive factors.I think both sides must work hard together to make the momentum of improvement in China-Japan relations into something solid", Li told Abe at the outset of the talks, open to the press.

At the outset of their talks that lasted for about one hour, Li said that although there are sensitive issues between China and Japan, the two countries need to strengthen the momentum for improvement in the bilateral relations.

Abe, whose country is separated from North Korea only by the Sea of Japan, called the North Korea's nuclear and missile threat a "grave and imminent threat that we have never experienced".

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The sources said Abe and Li are likely to exchange opinions on how the two major Asian economies can cooperate on the economic front.

The heads of state and government of the ASEAN members and the regional bloc's dialogue partners including Abe and US President Donald Trump, will be feted at a gala dinner hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday night, to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN.

Their meeting follows Saturday's agreement between the 11 TPP signatories to bring the pact into force as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the United States withdrew from the original deal in January.

While both sides have welcomed an improvement in bilateral ties, Japan must reconcile the benefits of the thaw with lingering concern about China's rising influence coming to dominate the region. He also proposed that Japan and China cooperate in doing business in third countries.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his opening remarks at the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Commemorative Summit in Manila on Tuesday requested ASEAN nations to lift the ban on food import from the country.

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