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Ice between China, Japan can only be melted by sincere dialogue


10:47, January 25, 2013

Key Words:Sino-Japanese ties ; Diaoyu Island ;

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BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Japan's New Komeito party leader Natsuo Yamaguchi came to China to "pave the way for dialogue," igniting hopes that the two countries can take the chance to cool the tensions and repair their bilateral relations.

Yamaguchi's visit shows the Japanese government's willingness to open "the door to normalizing relations" with China, which, however, should be finally materialized by sincere dialogue and concrete actions.

When looking back on Japan's recent foreign policies, it is easy to see the contradiction in Tokyo's positions. On the one hand, the Japanese government stressed the importance of its relationship with China. On the other, it still stubbornly sticks to its wrong stance on the Diaoyu Islands issue.

Some days ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed hopes to "return to the starting point of developing a mutually reciprocal relationship" with China.

However, what he did was continuously sending wrong signals on Japan's territorial disputes with its neighbors and ill-intentionedly attempting to involve the United States and other countries in the conflicts.

As the initiator of the island-buying farce that leads to the current stalemate of the Sino-Japanese relationship, it is natural for the Japanese government to firstly take measures to rebuild its mutual trust with China.

In fact, without a proper solution to the territorial disputes, there can be no improvement of Sino-Japanese relations to speak of.

Encouragingly, some sober Japanese politicians have realized the mistakes committed by their government and have begun to play a positive role in promoting bilateral relations between China and Japan.

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