Japan and the United States are arranging for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama to meet for talks on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit in Beijing in November, government sources said Saturday in Tokyo.

Abe and Obama are expected to express their willingness to work with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reduce regional tensions triggered by territorial disputes in the South and East China seas, the sources said.

Abe is also calling on Xi to hold summit talks on the fringes of the APEC summit from Nov. 10 to 11. The two have yet to hold one-on-one talks since they took office, Abe in December 2012 and Xi the following March.