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Japan, China lawmakers find mutual understanding important

  • January 24, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 11:58 p.m.
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Members of Japan’s House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, and China’s National People’s Congress shared the view Wednesday that it is necessary to promote mutual understanding to ease tensions between the two countries over the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The consensus was reached at the seventh meeting of Japanese Upper House and Chinese congress members, held in Tokyo.

During the meeting, the Japanese side criticized a Chinese submarine’s recent entry into the contiguous zone surrounding Japanese waters around the islands, called Diaoyu in China, as a development that ran counter to efforts to improve bilateral relations.

While reiterating that the group of small islands is their country’s territory inherently, the Chinese lawmakers said they do not want the situation to get worse.

Then both sides called for promptly implementing a liaison mechanism between Japanese and Chinese defense authorities to prevent unintended clashes around the islands.

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