Japan, China to resume stalled security talks
Iran Press TV
Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:21AM
Japan and China are reportedly set to resume their long delayed talks concerning security issues amid territorial disputes over the sovereignty of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.
Citing unnamed diplomatic sources, Kyodo News Agency reported that the talks are scheduled to be held in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, as early as April.
It added that top Japanese officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama, will likely discuss maritime issues during the meeting.
The meeting would be the first since January 2011 in Beijing.
Speaking about the report, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters, 'It's important that both countries exchange communications in various fields... as Japan and China are neighbors, whom the global community is watching closely.'
Japan and China have been at odds in the past few years over the sovereignty of the uninhabited islands known as Senkaku islands in Japan and claimed by China as the Diaoyus.
Tensions grew after Tokyo nationalized part of the resource-rich islands in 2012.
In 2013, China established an Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea, urging all military and commercial aircraft to inform the Chinese government before entering the region.
However, Japan has violated the air zone a number of times, adding to already existing tensions.
China maintains that the islands are an inherent part of its territory and it has indisputable sovereignty over them, while the Japanese government, on the other hand, regards the islands as a part of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture.
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