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China and Japan work to cool island dispute

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 01:02

Sept. 25 - China and Japan renew diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in the dispute over islands claimed by both countries. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Japan's embassy in Beijing -- where officials are meeting in renewed efforts to cool tensions in the dispute over islands claimed by both countries. Japan's Vice Foreign Minister and his Chinese counterpart held the talks as Chinese surveillance vessels once again entered waters near the territory in the East China Sea. The islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, lay near potentially rich gas reserves and rich fishing areas. In Tokyo, Japan's Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto discussed the disputed islands with his Australian counterpart Steven Smith. Morimoto said officials need to find a way to deal with ships entering the territory from China and Taiwan and to maintain stable Sino-Japanese relations. The ongoing maritime dispute is threatening trade relations between the two countries -- Asia's two biggest economies.

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China and Japan work to cool island dispute

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 01:02