Yang says China, Japan should appropriately resolve 'sensitive issues'

November 14, 2010 2:34 pm 

YOKOHAMA, Nov. 14 — Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told his Japanese counterpart Seiji Maehara on Sunday that the two countries should "appropriately deal with sensitive issues" in a meeting that followed bilateral summit talks a day earlier that raised hopes for a diplomatic thaw after their ties were strained by a territorial spat.

The two agreed to boost strategic, mutually beneficial relations through various forms of cooperation, but differences remained over gas development talks in the East China Sea and China's detention of four Japanese construction company employees in September and October at the height of diplomatic tensions, a Japanese official said.

Yang suggested Japan and China promote personnel and cultural exchanges to improve public sentiment toward the other country, and Maehara concurred, the official said. (PNA/Kyodo)

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