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Put sea disputes 'under control'

By Zhang Yunbi  (China Daily)

08:15, May 17, 2012

China, Japan agree to hold second round of maritime consultations later this year

China and Japan on Wednesday vowed to further put maritime incidents and disputes in the East China Sea "under control", as both sides are committed to boosting maritime cooperation.

During the first round of China-Japan maritime affairs high-level consultation in Hangzhou of Zhejiang province, Beijing also reiterated its stance on the Diaoyu Islands issue, over which China has undisputable sovereignty.

Analysts said the Diaoyu Islands issue is not the only topic of the talks, which also include fishery regulation, maritime crisis management, maritime cooperation and security.

The first round of consultation, held from Tuesday to Wednesday, brought together Chinese officials from the Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, Ministry of Transport, State Oceanic Administration and their Japanese counterparts.

Senior officials from both countries agreed to fully utilize the high-level consultation platform and boost dialogue and communication on maritime issues in various fields.

Beijing and Tokyo also vowed to beef up understanding and mutual trust as well as substantial cooperation.

"Tightening up control on conflicts and disputes" and properly handling related issues are also topics that the two sides plan to discuss, according to Xinhua.

Both nations agreed to hold the second round of consultation in Japan within the second half of the year.

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