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China is considering resuming stalled talks with Japan toward signing a treaty on a joint gas drilling project in the East China Sea and may reach a final decision this month, sources involved in Sino-Japanese relations say.

Beijing is hoping to stabilize relations with Japan ahead of next year’s Chinese Communist Party Congress, when a major change in leadership is expected, the sources said. In addition, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of relations between the two countries.

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