China urges Japan to foster normal ties

  • IANS, Beijing
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  • Updated: Jan 31, 2013 00:51 IST

China, on Wednesday, urged Japan to create conditions for the normal development of bilateral relations, saying the two sides should “properly handle tensions” over the sovereignty of the disputed Diaoyu islands. 

Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had on Tuesday suggested that a summit between Japan and China was necessary to mend bilateral relations hampered by recent territorial disputes, Xinhua reported. 

Hong said China attaches importance to developing relations with Japan, and stressed that Beijing hopes that Tokyo will make joint efforts to overcome major difficulties so as to push bilateral ties back to the track of normal development.


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