"Japan and China, we need each other. We are in a way inseparably bound with each other," Abe told after Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here."Japan and China both have responsibility for peace and prosperity of the region and of the world," he said.

Abe said that many countries of the world are expecting to see an improvement of the relationship between Japan and China. Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their maiden talks on Monday on the sidelines of the APEC summit, marking the "first step" towards mending ties between the two Asian rivals after years of territorial disputes and animosity due to wartime history.

The ice-breaking talks between the two leaders has raised hopes of a possible thaw. There were no high-level meetings between the two countries for over two years. "I believe that not only our Asian neighbors but many other countries have long hoped that Japan and China hold talks. We finally lived up to their expectations and made a first step to improve our ties," Abe had said, after holding talks with Xi.

In the meeting with Abe, Xi had said that China hopes that Japan continues to follow the path of peaceful development and adopt prudent military and security policies. Earlier on Tuesday, the US welcomed the meeting between the Chinese President and the Japanese Prime Minister.
    
"Dialogue between the two countries and a positive relationship is something that we feel is important for not only relations between the countries, but peace and prosperity for the region and the world," State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told reporters in Washington. "So we certainly welcome the meeting between the Chinese President and the Japanese Prime Minister," Psaki said.

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