China and Japan yesterday agreed to embark on a joint study of history in a bid to find long-term solutions to tensions. Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso hammered out arrangements that will see 20 historians conduct joint research across ancient, war-time, and post-war history. The 20 - 10 from each nation - will make their findings public in 2008. The first meeting will be held before the end of the year. Japan has been keen to ensure its 60-years of official pacifism following the atrocities committed in the 1930s and 1940s would also be studied. Japanese officials claim Beijing has been distorting recent history by underplaying Japan's efforts for peace amid its anger at the repeated official visits to the Yasukuni Shrine. Both sides are now working to ease soured relations.