Seeking to bring down Sino-Japanese tensions over the disputed islands, China’s new leader Xi Jinping Friday called for joint efforts to “control and resolve” the sensitive issue, which has seriously damaged bilateral ties, including the flourishing trade.
Describing the dispute as a sensitive issue due to polarised public opinion in both countries, Xi during his meeting with top Japanese leader Natsuo Yamaguchi said China and Japan should make “joint efforts” to bring down tensions.
China calls the islands in the resource-rich East China Sea as Diaoyu, while Japan, which has administrative control over them, describes the islets as Senkakus.
“China’s stance on the Diaoyu Islands is consistent and clear,” Xi said, urging the Japanese side to respect history as well as reality and make joint efforts with China to “seek effective methods for appropriately controlling and resolving problems through dialogue and consultation,” state run Xinhua news agency reported.
Yamaguchi, head of the New Komeito party, an influential partner in the new Japanese government met Xi on Friday and handed over a letter from Japanese PM Shinzo Abe reportedly expressing interest in repairing the relations.