Chinese, Japanese leaders meet in attempt to repair ties

BEIJING — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on the sidelines of a meeting in Europe in the highest-level contact between the countries since a bitter diplomatic feud broke out a month ago over disputed islands, both countries confirmed Tuesday.
Wen and Kan met briefly Monday in Brussels where both were attending the Asia-Europe Meeting and agreed to improve bilateral ties and to hold senior-level talks.
"Both parties agreed to strengthen non-governmental exchanges and communications between the governments, and to hold high-level Chinese-Japanese talks at the appropriate time," said a statement posted on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry .