UPDATE 1 – Japanese Prime Minister Kishida hopes the meeting with Xi will help build stable relations


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By Leika Kihara

NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday that he hoped an upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping would help build constructive, stable relations with China.

“There are different opportunities between the two countries, as well as challenges and concerns,” Kishida told reporters when asked about Japan’s relationship with China.

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“I would like to say what needs to be said and ask China to take responsible action. On the other hand, the two countries should cooperate in areas where they can,” Kishida said during his scheduled meeting with Xi in Thailand on Thursday.

“I hope this meeting will lead to a constructive and stable relationship between Japan and China,” he said.

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Kishida declined to comment on whether he will discuss Taiwan when he meets Xi. (Reporting by Leika Kihara; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor and Alison Williams)