The Straits Times
Published on Sep 20, 2012

Ban calls on China and Japan to ease tensions


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - United Nations leader Ban Ki Moon said on Wednesday he is "increasingly troubled" by tensions between Japan and China over disputed islands.

Mr Ban called for leaders to use next week's annual UN summit in New York to try to lower the diplomatic clash over the islands that has sparked anti-Japanese demonstrations across China.

"Looking at what is happening in the relationship between China and Japan over this territorial issue, I am increasingly troubled by rising tensions in the region," Mr Ban told reporters, in his first comment on the dispute.

The row centres on islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.