Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the APEC leaders’ summit in Bangkok © Thomson Reuters 

 Reuters: Xi, Kishida meet as tensions grow over Taiwan, East China Sea 

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) -Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he conveyed concerns over regional security to Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday amid growing tensions in Asia over China’s maritime ambitions. 

Xi was quoted by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV as telling Kishida that China and Japan should deepen trust, areas of cooperation and regional integration, and resist “conflict and confrontation”. 

The two leaders met in Thailand on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, marking the first leadership-level talks between the two countries in almost three years. 

Regional tensions have been rising over Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory. 

China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, and in August staged war games near the island. The democratically-elected government in Taipei rejects Beijing’s claims and says only its people can decide its future.  

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WNU Editor: They met. They talked. But nothing of substance was agreed upon. 

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida And Chinese President Xi Jinping Meet At Apec 

 China’s Xi, Japan’s Kishida meet amid regional tensions — DW 

Tepid re-engagement: Kishida and Xi signal openness to repairing ties — Japan Times

Xi-Kishida Meeting Leaves Tough Issues Unresolved — VOA