China and Japan agreed on Friday that “different positions exist” on a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
State Councillor Yang Jiechi, the country’s top diplomat, met with visiting National Security Advisor of Japan Shotaro Yachi on Friday.
The dispute over control of the eight uninhabited islands known to China as the Diaoyus and in Japan as the Senkakus, has seriously strained ties between Asia’s two largest economies.
The two countries also agreed to set up crisis management mechanisms to prevent the situation from worsening further.
China and Japan will slowly resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue through multilateral and bilateral channels, the Foreign Ministry said.