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Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Monday that Chinese leaders expressed understanding of Japan’s role in the ongoing U.S.-led antiterrorism operations and his controversial summer visit to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

Chinese President Jiang Zemin told Koizumi that relations between the two countries, which had been tense due to a series of disputes in recent months, will start to improve, according to a Japanese official who briefed the news media.

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