Japan and China to hold talks on islands

Japanese and Chinese vice-ministers will hold talks soon in a bid to resolve a bitter row over disputed islands that has severely damaged ties between the Asian giants, a report says.

Senior officials from the Japanese and Chinese foreign ministries agreed at a meeting in Tokyo on Thursday that the discussions would take place, Kyodo news agency reported, citing the Japanese foreign ministry.

The report did not say when the talks would take place, or which vice-ministers would be involved.

It came the same day that IMF chief Christine Lagarde said China would “lose out” by not sending its finance minister and central bank chief to global economic talks in Japan this week.

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