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The fourth-highest ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party, Yu Zhengsheng, has expressed hope for improved ties with Japan but said this depends on whether Tokyo will officially acknowledge that a dispute exists over the Senkaku Islands.

During a meeting in Beijing on Friday with a Japanese delegation headed by senior opposition lawmaker Takahiro Yokomichi, Yu suggested it will be difficult to arrange a summit between the two countries unless the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “admits that there is a dispute” over the uninhabited chain in the East China Sea.

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