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Japan urged caution over Diaoyu

CHINA yesterday urged Japan to tread carefully over the Diaoyu Islands issue.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi spelt out China's stance on the issue when holding talks with his Japanese counterpart Hirofumi Nakasone, urging Japan to act with discretion in word and deed over the Diaoyu Islands issue.

Nakasone arrived in Beijing yesterday afternoon for his two-day visit, one day after China made stern representations over the Japanese foreign minister's remarks about the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

On Friday Nakasone reiterated Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's Thursday remarks that the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between Japan and the United States was applicable to the Diaoyu Islands.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu rejected Nakasone's remarks later in a press release, saying that the Japan-US Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty should not harm the interests of third parties, including China.

"Any words and deeds that bring the Diaoyu Islands into the scope of the Japan-US Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty are absolutely unacceptable for the Chinese people," he said.

Ma stressed again that the Diaoyu Islands and adjacent islets has been Chinese territories since ancient times and China holds indisputable sovereignty over the islands.

"We have lodged stern representations to Japan again and required the United States to clarify reports on the issue," Ma said.

He also urged the two countries to realize the great sensitivity of the Diaoyu Islands issue, so as to avoid damaging China-Japan and China-US relations and regional stability.

During yesterday's talks, Yang and Nakasone also discussed regional and international issues of common concern and agreed to keep working on China-Japan relations.

Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in bilateral, regional and international issues to cope with the international financial crisis, noting that their cooperation is in the interests of both peoples, and conducive to world peace, stability and development.


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