China's Wen tells Japan disputed islets its territory

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan that disputed islands off the coast of Taiwan that have been at the center of a diplomatic spat between the two countries are China’s territory, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The two leaders spoke yesterday while they were both attending the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels, Xinhua said. It was unclear whether they would talk because of the dispute over the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

Wen also stressed that it was in the interests of both countries to protect and advance the “strategic relationship of mutual benefit,” Xinhua said. The two agreed to improve ties, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Feiwen Rong in Beijing at frong2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ben Richardson at brichardson8@bloomberg.net

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