Japan is considering plans to calm heightened tensions with China by acknowledging Chinese claims to disputed islands in the East China Sea, while maintaining its position that no official territorial dispute exists over the islet group, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.
The plans would allow Japan, without changing its long-held position, to compromise a little with China, which has called on Tokyo to acknowledge the existence of a dispute over Diaoyu Islands .
In a meeting with a delegation of Japanese lawmakers and business leaders in Beijing late last month, Jia Qinglin, a senior Communist Party of China official, urged Japan to recognize the existence of the territorial dispute with China.
"Japan should realize the seriousness of the current situation, squarely face the disputes over the Diaoyu Islands and correct its mistake as soon as possible, so as to avoid further damaging China-Japan ties," quoted by China's official Xinhua News Agency as saying in the meeting.
Tokyo interpreted his remark as suggesting that the Chinese government has made it its temporary goal to make Japan acknowledge the existence of a territorial dispute, without altering its position that Japan must rescind its purchase of the islands, the sources said.