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Japan and China agree to hold talks

Published on Oct 12, 2012 8:39 AM
This file aerial shot taken on Sept 15, 2010 shows the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea. Japan and China have agreed to talks aimed at reducing tensions over a territorial dispute, according to Bloomberg. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's foreign minister on Friday vowed continued dialogue with China over a blistering territorial dispute, but warned there were limits on how far Tokyo would go to compromise.

Mr Koichiro Gemba welcomed the meeting of senior officials from the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministries in Tokyo on Thursday, at which the two agreed a vice ministerial-level meeting should be held.

"Both Japan and China need to think calmly about what to do... even if it takes some time," Mr Gemba told reporters. "I regard Thursday's meeting as part of the idea. We are continuing communications."

Buthe added: "It's not easy. The important thing is that we cannot give over what we cannot give over."

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