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Japan hopes to improve its relationship with China following the appointment of a new leadership team under President Xi Jinping, Tokyo’s top spokesman said Wednesday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga offered his congratulations to the five new members of the seven-strong Politburo Standing Committee, citing the 45th anniversary this year of the normalization of bilateral ties. The relationship between the two countries have been chronically strained by territorial and historical issues.

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