China and Japan have agreed to try to reduce tensions over a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea.
Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening. The strategically important islands, known as Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan, are controlled by Japan. It is a diplomatic breakthrough which media reports say could lead to a meeting between Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The reports suggest they may meet on the sidelines of the Apec summit in Beijing next week. If it happens the meeting will be the first proper exchange between the two leaders since they came to power, in 2012 and 2013 respectively. China and Japan smooth islands row http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967 China and Japan smooth islands row http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967 China and Japan agree to acknowledge differences over a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea, setting up mechanisms to manage the crisis. View on www.bbc.com http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967 Preview by Yahoo