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Japan envoy says territory disputes with China can be resolved

Published on Jan 25, 2013 1:30 PM
Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Japan's New Komeito party, shakes hands with China's president-in-waiting Xi during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Japan believes tensions with China fanned by a dispute over a group of uninhabited islands can be resolved, a special envoy from Tokyo said on Friday after meeting China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping.

Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of New Komeito, the junior partner in Japan's ruling coalition, said Japan will take a broad view in dialogue with Beijing to resolve the dispute between the world's second- and third-largest economies, which has escalated in recent weeks.

"Japan wishes to pursue ties with China while looking at the big picture," Yamaguchi told reporters after his meeting with Xi, the chief of China's ruling Communist Party who is set to take over as president in March.

"I firmly believe our differences with China can be resolved," Yamaguchi said, adding that he did not directly discuss the islands issue with Xi.

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