Mon, October 15, 2012
World > Asia-Pacific > Japan in islands row

Japan FM meets U.S. diplomat amid disputes with neighbors

2012-10-15 07:33:41 GMT2012-10-15 15:33:41(Beijing Time)

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (R) is greeted by Japan's Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba at the foreign ministry in Tokyo October 15, 2012. REUTERS

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on Monday met with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Tokyo and sought U.S. understanding of Japan, now that the country is mired in island disputes with China and South Korea.

William Burns is now in Asia for a five-nation trip. He will visit China Tuesday and Wednesday, and meet with senior government officials to exchange views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern,and inevitably, to seek possible solutions to the gloomy China-Japan relations triggered by island dispute.

Gemba and Burns also confirmed close cooperation among Japan, the United States and South Korea before the three countries hold working-level talks in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss issues related to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Japanese officials said, even when the bilateral ties between Tokyo and Seoul are also grilled by the ongoing island dispute and the comfort women issue left over by history.



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