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Senior trade officials from Japan and China agreed here Wednesday on the need to negotiate a resolution to the escalating trade spat.

The trade talks between Hideaki Omura, parliamentary secretary from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Zhang Zhigang, deputy minister of China’s State Economic and Trade Commission, were the first since Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s controversial visit to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine.

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