China, Japan start first security talks in four years

March 19, 2015 4:26 AM

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China, Japan start first security talks in four years

TOKYO (Reuters) - China and Japan began on Thursday their first security talks in four years with both sides stressing the importance of candid dialogue, in a step aimed at thawing ties plagued by the legacy of Japan's wartime aggression and a territorial dispute.

Relations between the world's second- and third-largest economies have chilled over what China views as Japan's reluctance to properly atone for its wartime past as well as a dispute over a group of tiny East China Sea islets.

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