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Japan and China agreed in ministerial talks Friday to move forward speedily with a June deal on joint gas exploration in the disputed East China Sea, but they failed to narrow differences over China’s continued unilateral activities in areas set for further negotiation, Foreign Ministry officials said.

Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone and visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya also reaffirmed the importance of continuing from last year the frequent mutual visits of the nations’ leaders.

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