Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Saturday called for an early resumption of stalled talks with China toward signing a treaty on a joint gas development project in the East China Sea.

In a meeting in Honolulu, Chinese President Hu Jintao told Noda that Beijing will consider further easing Japanese food imports that were imposed in the wake of a nuclear accident in northeastern Japan following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to a senior Japanese official.

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