SHANGHAI Feb 23 China and Japan failed again to
reach an agreement on the development of natural resources under
the sea between the two countries at the latest round of
dialogue ended in Beijing on Saturday.
But China and Japan have agreed to work together to resolve
the long-standing dispute over natural gas under the East China
Sea sooner rather than later, the Xinhua news agency said,
citing a statement by China's Foreign Ministry.
"The two sides ... agreed that they should continue to make
efforts in accordance with the consensus reached by the leaders
of both countries, to strive for an early proper settlement of
the issue," Xinhua said after two days of talks in Beijing.
About a dozen rounds of official-level talks between the
energy-hungry Asian giants have failed to reach a compromise on
use of natural gas in parts of the East China Sea over which
both sides claim economic rights.
Beijing has said it hoped to settle the dispute ahead of
Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to Tokyo in the spring. It
would be the first by a Chinese head of state to Japan in 10
"President Hu Jintao's visit to Japan this year will be a
historic visit that will carry on the past and open a way for
the future," Xinhua quoted the Foreign Ministry statement as
The two-day "strategic dialogue" meeting was co-chaired by
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Japanese
counterpart Mitoji Yabunaka, Xinhua said.
(Reporting by Charlie Zhu; Editing by Sami Aboudi)