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China, Japan Discuss Island Dispute at APEC Meeting

In this image made from video Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speak on the final day of the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.In this image made from video Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speak on the final day of the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
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In this image made from video Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speak on the final day of the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
In this image made from video Chinese President Hu Jintao, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speak on the final day of the APEC summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.
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The leaders of China and Japan have met for the first time since the recent escalation of a dispute between their two nations about a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. 
 
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had an informal 15-minute conversation on Sunday on the sidelines of a regional summit in the Russian city of Vladivostok.
 
Chinese state media quote Hu as saying that Tokyo must recognize what he called the "severity" of the dispute over the Japanese-controlled islets and avoid making "wrong decisions." The islets are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China and claimed by both nations.
 
Prime Minister Noda's government angered China in July when it announced plans to buy some of the islands from a private Japanese family and place them under state control. Hu told Noda that Beijing opposes any such move as "illegal and invalid."
 
Japanese media say Noda called for both nations to resolve the dispute by developing their relations in a comprehensive, mutually beneficial and strategic way as they mark the 40th anniversary of formal diplomatic ties.
 
Tensions flared up last month when Japanese and Chinese nationalists sailed to the islands and swam ashore to assert their countries' claims, prompting the two governments to accuse each other of provocation.
 
The waters surrounding the archipelago contain rich fishing grounds and potential oil reserves.
 
The Japanese leader also expressed sympathies to Hu regarding the deadly earthquake that hit southern China's Yunnan province on Friday.

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by: Jonathan Huang from: Canada
September 10, 2012 10:09 PM
yoshi, you are wrong. Hu faces no election in the future. He already served 10 years, that is maximum. The highly chance the new Chinese president will be Xi jinping. But Hu will remain as the chef of military which is the real master of China.


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
September 10, 2012 5:56 AM
I suppose Hu and Noda did not have enough time to discuss the island dispute in only 15-minute conversation. They probably stayed at the statement of their own each claims without discussion because both leaders are facing election near future and they seem do not like to fire the isue and nations.

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