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Japan and China started three-day fisheries talks August 6 in Tokyo in a bid to conclude a new pact between the two countries, Foreign Ministry officials said.

Differences are narrowing between the two countries and they are reportedly seeking to conclude the talks in early September when Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto visits China. The two countries have encountered difficulties on the talks because of a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, known as the Diaoyus in China, but they are reportedly seeking to reach an agreement by shelving the territorial issue.

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