The Chinese government on Tuesday called on Japan to be more sensitive to historical issues.
Speaking at a news conference, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi touched on the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan.
"They concern the political foundation and overall interests of the China-Japan relations," Yang said, according to a report by Xinhua. He urged Japan to "truly take history as mirror and look forward to the future and properly handle these sensitive issues based on the overall interests of the China-Japan relationship," Xinhua reported.
"The China-Japan relationship has come a long way in a wide range of fields, and the Chinese government places high importance on its relationship with Japan," Yang said.
Relations between the two countries have become strained after Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura cast doubt last month over the Nanjing massacre of Chinese civilians by Japanese troops in 1937.
Then last Saturday, China criticized Japan for giving Japanese names to the disputed islands.© Japan Today