The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

Japan wants 'mutually beneficial' relations with new China


TOKYO (AFP) - Japan wants to develop "mutually beneficial" relations with China's new leaders, the country's foreign ministry said Thursday, after Beijing unveiled its new top line-up.

The comments come as Tokyo and Beijing remain embroiled in a debilitating spat over the sovereignty of a group of islands in the East China Sea, with the row affecting the huge trade ties between the region's two biggest economies.

Relations between the two capitals are some of the "most important... for Japan and China and for the whole world", the ministry's Deputy Press Secretary Naoko Saiki told journalists in Tokyo.

"We really hope that the mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests will be further developed and enhanced with the new leadership" of China, she said.