原文标题：Japanese PM holds out olive branch to China
TOKYO: Hawkish Japanese premier Shinzo Abe held out an olive branch to China on Tuesday, sending a letter to Beijing's leader-in-waiting to be hand delivered by a coalition ally.
The move comes after months of diplomatic tussles between China and Japan over the sovereignty of a disputed island chain in the East China Sea that have seen repeated maritime encounters.
Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of the New Komeito party, was expected to stay in Beijing for four days, during which time he would meet China's incoming president, Xi Jinping, and hand over a letter from Abe, local media reported.
"Japan-China relations have been faced with various kinds of friction, and political dialogue has not been held for a long time," Yamaguchi told reporters ahead of his departure.
"I would like to make a step toward opening the door to normalising our relations," he said.
But Yamaguchi, who has no official government role, said Tokyo has no plan to compromise over the island row.
"Our stance is that no territorial problem exists. That's a shared recognition among the government and coalition."
China has repeatedly sent ships to waters near the disputed islands since Japan nationalised some of the chain in September, a move that triggered a diplomatic dispute and huge anti-Japan demonstrations across China.
Beijing has also sent air patrols near the Tokyo-controlled islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, but claimed by Beijing as the Diaoyus.
On Sunday, Beijing rebuked the United States after secretary of state Hillary Clinton issued a veiled warning to China not to challenge Tokyo's control over the chain, which is believed to sit atop vast mineral reserves.
china has been a back stabber,world knows this! Better keep no friends than bad friends.
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Good move by Japan... The way Japan has given the message, China should understand the meaning and accept the same. Any fight between Japan and China may convert to World War...
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good movement by japan,we hope solution may come promptly.
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danish khan (Kolkata)
It is time for Japan stop playing in the hands of western countries against China. This century belongs to Asia and western countries want to stop China and India to play a role in global affairs. Regional issues should be solved through negotiations not by war.
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D.Bose (Calcutta) replies to danish khan
One cannot negotiate with China. India had tried for 6 years from 1956 to 1962. That has ended up in a massive Chinese invasion in 1962.
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rajendra (India) replies to D.Bose
The only way China will step back is if Islands are handed over to them. I do not think Japan will do so & hence any olive branch from Japan will not work. China has been slowly & surely ratcheting up the pressure on Japan. Some historians have observed a clear parallel between China's pressure on India before 1962 & now. I will not be surprised if we wake up one day to breaking news of how China has suddenly attacked & taken over disputed islands.
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dikcse90 (bbsr) replies to D.Bose
its was not chinese invasion...war happened due to Nehru "Forward policy"..
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The whole world is busy with occupation of foreign lands and threatening neighbouring countries. India is the only country in the world whose politicans are busy looting and accusing their own people. Even the most dirtiest politician in the world will hang his head in shame when compared to politicians in India.
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Mac (Melbourne) replies to ironman
India is quietly occupying foreign lands with emigration.
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swapnil (India) replies to Mac
unlike you white idiots who ravaged all local population to settle in auatralia, america, south africa, these are not your land either.
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Japan must not compromise. China's greed has no limit. It has already occupied Spartley Islands 1000 miles away from China. This Senkaku Islands were never a part of China, just like Formosa was never a part of China. Westen countries like the UK and Australia support China, but Japan should not be afraid, because the rest of Asia, except perhaps the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia, support Japan.
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Translucent (South Korea) replies to D.Bose
South Korea & North Korea both hates Japan to the core. Russia has a dispute with Japan, Kurile islands. Taiwan and China both claims Diaoyu Islands.
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U r sending olive to robots......... too funny
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Today China has claimed few islands belonging to Japan. Tomorrow China will claim territory belonging to India. Day after tomorrow China will claim territory belonging to Vietnam. The following day China will claim territory belonging to some other country. China just wants to keep expanding its borders, eating up other nations lands. A time will soon come, when enough would be enough, and the rest of the world will come together and fight China. China is heading straight in the direction of IIIrd world war.
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colranbir lamba (PTA)
FIGHT IT OUT
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Japan please keep the tensions alive with china, atleast Indian will be at peace for some time. China has always been an evil country, supporting Pakistan, giving free vizas to indian national and calling a part of India theirs, hope the tectonic plates shift and take china and Pakistan far away from us.
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Rambo (Texas) replies to Joe
Japan wont be manipulated by India, a dog only have 1 master and its the USA.
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bmcowl (planet earth)
On the one hand the US has treaty obligations with Japan and on the other it has borrowed heavily from China. So it can no longer have its cake and eat it too.
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Pankajakshan Pillai (Doha)
CHINA IS A VERY VERY LARGE COUNTRY AND STILL INTERESTED TO HAVE LAND HELD BY OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE VICINITY. IT IS HAVING LAND DISPUTES WITH SEVERAL NEIGHBORS INCLUDING INDIA. THEY SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON THEIR OWN LAND AND LEAVE OTHERS TO LIVE A PEACEFUL LIFE.
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Nothing like olive branch to China. 1. Contents of the letter is unknown. 2. Can't compromise on Island row. Let's of peace exsists anyhow.
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No yar we want to see a war between China and japan..
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poison 4 u. (Mumbai, Maharashtra, Ind)
plz start the war..............common china............japan....u can capture china once mor.
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India (Pakistan) replies to poison 4 u.
Middle East should invade India and capture it. AND SPREAD OUR MUSLIM RELIGION AGAIN. WE CAPTURE INDIA AND MAKE THEM KNEEL FOR 400 YEARS WE CAN DO IT AGAIN
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Jag Mohan (Delhi)
It is good because the war brings destruction only and enmity between neighbors
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Santoshkumar Nyattuvetty (Kuala Lumpur)
China is despo to show off her military power, looking for a reason to start war.
The Beak (Canada)
China cannot trust Japan as a US vassal state under US military occupation. Japan must send those US military on Okinwa home. Then, Japan can resolve the island issue with China.
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