原文标题：China and Japan leaders break ice with first meeting, but no sign of warmth
China and Japan leaders break ice with first meeting, but no sign of warmth
BEIJING — The leaders of China and Japan finally broke the ice Monday as they held their first official meeting, which was examined more for its style than its substance: starting with an uncomfortable handshake and including more stiffness than smiles.
The closely watched encounter between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — on the sidelines of a regional summit in Beijing and lasting about 25 minutes — was an attempt to rebuild diplomatic and economic ties eroded by military tensions in an island dispute and animosity over wartime history.
But there was no warmth as the two men shook hands before their meeting in the Great Hall of the People, with Xi looking impassive as Abe spoke and then turning to the cameras with no trace of a smile.
The pair had not formally met since Xi and Abe took office in March 2013 and December 2012, respectively.
“I believe this is the first step for both Japan and China to return to our basic focus of mutually beneficial and strategic relations and to improve them,” Abe told reporters after the meeting. “We continue to make behind-the-scenes efforts to begin dialogue between our two nations.”
Xi’s comments seemed more guarded, mixing his wish for stable relations with his hope that Japan “keeps with the path of peaceful development and adopts a prudent military security policy,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
For China, the meeting with Abe was just one of its many diplomatic engagements at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
Xi plans to hold talks Tuesday with President Obama, whose opening address at the summit stressed Washington’s “shared -future” with Asia. But Obama also leveled cautious criticism at Beijing’s policies, including its opposition to recent -pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.
Obama also met with leaders of 11 nations negotiating a broad free-trade pact with the United States, and he announced a deal between the United States and China that eases short-term visa restrictions for students, tourists and businesses.
A Japanese government spokesman said that the atmosphere of the meeting was “sincere” and that Xi had greeted Abe in a “very gentlemanly way.” As the meeting got underway, Abe told Xi that he had recently seen a Chinese ballet performance, and Xi nodded “in a relaxed manner,” the official said.
“Xi Dada stood up straight for Chinese people, how confident and grand he is,” another posted. The meeting was also given considerably less airtime on state-run China Central Television than Xi’s meetings with other world leaders on Monday, Web users noted.
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Paul Martin Foreign Correspondent: Oh c’mon now….what were they supposed to do hug each other like long lost brothers ? After decades of animosity and uneighborly relations the handshake was a fine start !