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China’s tone conciliatory over islands

BEIJING — China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, offered Japan a conciliatory tone during a meeting with a senior Japanese politician Friday in an apparent effort to reduce the escalating tensions between the two countries over islands in the East China Sea.

In some of his first remarks on China’s foreign policy since becoming secretary general of the Communist Party, Xi told the Japanese lawmaker, Natsuo Yamaguchi, ‘‘The Chinese government remains committed to China-Japan relations,’’ according to an account provided by China’s Foreign Ministry.

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