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Tokyo Confirms Talks with China on Island Dispute

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Japan says it is engaged in talks with China to resolve a territorial dispute that has disrupted ties between the two Asian powers.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura on Wednesday confirmed reports that Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai secretly met last week with senior Chinese officials in Shanghai. He said the talks were part of Tokyo's effort to continue to communicate with Beijing "at various levels" regarding the island dispute in the East China Sea.

China-Japan relations plummeted last month after Tokyo purchased a group of disputed islands from their private Japanese landowner. The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are surrounded by potential energy deposits and rich fishing grounds.

Meanwhile, senior Chinese officials have apparently rejected efforts by a U.S. diplomatic delegation to mediate the dispute. China's official Xinhua news agency says Vice Premier Li Keqiang stressed China's "solemn stance" on the issue during Tuesday meetings with former White House National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, ex-deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, and others.

Armitage and Hadley met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday in Tokyo, where they reportedly discussed the island dispute and worsening China-Japan relations.

The dispute sparked anti-Japan protests across China and has threatened to damage trade ties between Asia's two largest economies.

China continues to send patrol boats, mostly fisheries and surveillance vessels, near the islands to stake their claim to the territory. Japan's Kyodo news agency said Wednesday that Chinese vessels were seen just outside its territorial waters near the islands for a fifth straight day.

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by: Poetic Justice 3/11
October 27, 2012 10:17 AM
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Hello, new friend China says South Korea.

by: nesty from: Canada
October 25, 2012 9:04 AM
It's waste of time to talk with China.
China is a barbaric, underdeveloped country which makes territorial dispute with all its neighbors.
China is trying to steal all islands around it.
China is an aggressor and sick man of Asia.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
October 24, 2012 8:02 PM
It's better to talk with countries concerned directly than to talk indirectly mediated by a third country. Japanese diplomatic calm approach to China despite violence of Chinese people and provocative sea patrol by China is cool and should be estimated.

by: Charlie from: UK
October 24, 2012 4:55 PM
The Senkaku have never been Chinese territory and Japan shouldn't have talked to China in the first place. Peace and stability could only be ensured if China revokes all its unreasonable and unjust territorial claims.China can not go on terrorising and intimidating their neighbours into territorial concessions.Entering negotiation is a first sign of concession and tacitly acknowledging that the other party has a valid claim.China knew that and that is why China would not negotiate with Vietnam over the Paracel Islands even when these islands were robbed from Vietnam by force in 1974.

Japan has a strong navy and has the backing of the USA,otherwise China would have taken the Senkaku over by force as they did to the Paracel Islands.China would never enter joint-exploration with Vietnam over the Paracels,likewise Japan should not give in to China's military and economic pressure.A sanction of Japanese products would lead to the losses of hundreds of thousands of jobs in China,and that would bring about chaos and instability in China,and obviously the Chinese communist leaders would at all costs try to avoid

by: Orlando Gonzalez Villazon from: Codazzi-Colombia
October 24, 2012 4:51 PM
I think Japanese need spirit warred of the samurai because that Chinese is the titan in the moment of Asia, the Japan have amazing North Korea and China countries, they will needs already this winds of the war in the word.

by: riano baggy from: ina
October 24, 2012 6:28 AM
It's excellent opinion for China and Japan , maybe ASEAN and UN joint and mediator for this moment.
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by: nick from: shanghai
October 25, 2012 7:24 AM
i think it's a problem that can't be solved recently.even as a chinese , i don't know the truth of who can own the disputed lsland.

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