Japan PM slams China at debate ahead of elections
TOKYO (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday criticized China for shutting "all the doors" to dialogue because of the countries' territorial disputes, as he joined other party leaders in a debate a day before campaigning officially starts for July 21 parliamentary elections.
"It is wrong to shut all the doors just because a problem occurred. It is wrong to reject summit talks because the other party gets on a nerve, or doesn't accept a demand," Mr Abe said.
The ongoing diplomatic row between Japan and China over a group of East China Sea islands claimed by both has been a flashpoint of contention, with Chinese surveillance and navy vessels increasingly present around the islands.
Japan and other Asian countries that also have territorial disputes with China will work together to keep order in the region "by rules of law," Mr Abe said.