Chinese leader calls for dialogue on Diaoyu Islands issue

Updated: 2013-01-17 00:27


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BEIJING - Top political advisor Jia Qinglin said Wednesday that China and Japan should resolve the Diaoyu Islands dispute through dialogue and consultation.

"The two sides should handle the Diaoyu Islands dispute properly in order to ensure that bilateral relations remain on a track of healthy and stable development," said Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), while meeting with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.

Jia said cooperation between China and Japan will serve the fundamental interests of both sides, as well as the region and the international community.

China attaches importance to its ties with Japan and will continue to work to develop bilateral relations in accordance with previous agreements, Jia said.

Hatoyama said Japan needs to work with China to tackle global issues, as well as promote cooperation in east Asia.

Hatoyama, who is currently on a personal visit to China, said current difficulties in bilateral relations should be solved through dialogue.