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Video: Japanese deputy PM slams governor

10-22-2012 20:45 BJT

By CCTV reporter Wang Xinye

Former US national security officials are in Japan and will visit China, to discuss the issue. The team includes former US deputy Secretary of State, Richard Lee Armitage. Meanwhile, Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada says the "nationalization" of the islands has damaged his country’s relations with China.

Japan’s deputy Prime Minister, Katsuya Okada criticized Tokyo Governor, Shintaro Ishihara for provoking the Diaoyu Islands dispute when he attempted to buy the Islands. The central government says Ishihara’s actions forced its hand, and the "nationalization" has caused problems.

Okada says China and Japan have territorial disputes, but calls for both sides to solve the disputes through dialogue.

Meanwhile, a group of former national security officials from the United States, led by former US deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage, arrived in Japan on Monday to meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. He will go on to China for talks with Chinese senior officials on Tuesday.

Along with Armitage, Washington is also sending James Steinberg, former deputy secretary of state in President Barack Obama’s administration, Joseph Nye, a former Pentagon official, and Stephen Hadley, who served as national security adviser to George W. Bush.

Japan’s Kyodo News Agency says the visit seeks to avoid long-term confrontation between China and Japan.

Also on Monday, the US Airforce General Herbert Carlisle was scheduled to visit the headquarters of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force.

According to Japan’s Defense Ministry, General Carlisle’s visit is a regular visit after becoming Commander in August.

During his visits to France, Britain and Germany last week, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba argued in favor of Japan’s claim to the islands.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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