China says it's ready to talk if Japan admits islands are in dispute
WASHINGTON (AFP) - China said on Friday that it was ready to talk to Japan over an increasingly heated maritime row, but only if Tokyo declares the islands to be disputed.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi faced questions about ties with the United States ally during a visit to Washington, where he called for mutual respect in relations between the US and a growing China.
Mr Wang laid blame for tensions on Japan, which in September 2012 nationalised the islands, known as the Senkakus in Japanese and as the Diaoyus in Chinese.
"In spite of this, we are still ready to sit down and have a dialogue with the Japanese to work out jointly a way to manage the current situation," Mr Wang said at the Brookings Institution.