Japan, China in talks over row

Japan and China held talks Tuesday in a bid to ease their worst row in years, after a territorial spat that has now sparked three days of street demonstrations in China.

Japan’s former upper house speaker Satsuki Eda, seen as a close associate of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, met Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing, the Jiji Press news agency reported.

China’s foreign ministry had no immediate comment on the report.

The two sides agreed that Kan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao should meet at upcoming regional summits in Vietnam and Japan, saying this "will be extremely important for both nations", Jiji Press reported.

The talks come as Japan and China seek to rebuild ties that were badly strained after Japan arrested a Chinese trawler captain in disputed waters six weeks ago, sparking a barrage of protests from Beijing.

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