Oct 24, 2012

Japan - Japan, China officials met over island dispute

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TOKYO: Japan and China held high-level talks at the weekend as they seek ways to repair relations damaged by a territorial row over islands in the East China Sea, Tokyo said on Wednesday.

Relations between the two countries have sunk to new lows in a vicious spat over a group of uninhibited, Tokyo-administered islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai visited Shanghai over the weekend and met China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun to discuss the island dispute, local media reported.

The meeting was "part of communications that go on between Japan and China at various levels and in various forms about the present situation over the Senkaku islands," said top government spokesman Osamu Fujimura.

Fujimura declined to confirm further details, including who took part.

The two officials from Japan and China also met in Beijing last month.

- AFP/xq

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