Japan PM open to talks - not concessions - with China
NEW YORK, United States (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday ruled out concessions on sovereignty in a tense territorial row with China but appealed to Beijing for talks to work through their differences.
Mr Abe rejected a recent appeal from China which said it was ready for dialogue if Japan acknowledged that a set of islands - known as the Senkakus in Japanese and the Diaoyus in Chinese - were disputed.
"The Senkakus are an inherent part of the territory of Japan in light of historical facts and based upon international law and the islands are under the valid control of Japan," Mr Abe told reporters in New York after taking part in the UN General Assembly.
"To our regret, incursions by Chinese government vessels in our territorial waters are continuing. But Japan will not make a concession on our territorial sovereignty," he said.