Chance encounter leads to end of China-Japan rift

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BRUSSELS | Japan declared an end Tuesday to a dispute with China over a high-seas collision last month, and the two countries agreed to resume exchanges and projects that had been stopped because of the incident.

The breakthrough came after the prime ministers of the two countries held an impromptu after-dinner meeting in the corridor of an Asia-Europe summit.

But the dispute over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea that led to the maritime clash remained unresolved, with both countries claiming possession.

The diplomatic confrontation threatened to dampen the atmosphere at the biannual Asia-European Union summit, or ASEM, as Prime Ministers Wen Jiabao of China and Naoto Kan of Japan studiously avoided each other during the first session of the 48-nation conference.

Full Story: Chance encounter leads to end of China-Japan rift – Washington Times