Chinese and Japanese leaders have signaled that bilateral relations between the two countries are improving, after China's Hu Jintao and Japan's Naoto Kan met on the sidelines of the APEC meeting last weekend in Yokohama.
Ties had been strained by a naval confrontation that rehashes a decades-old territorial dispute.
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the territorial issue is "an old problem" and called upon the two countries to move beyond it.
The formal summit is a positive sign, after weeks of rhetorical battles and a canceled meeting at the ASEAN Summit two weeks ago in Hanoi.
Some however are cautioning that more time will be needed. "[Improvement efforts] will not work if we proceed too quickly," said Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku.
Some more time required to mend Japan-China ties: Sengoku [Mainichi Daily News, 15 November 2010]
China, Japan Say Relations Thawing [Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2010]