Tokyo, Jan 10 : U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Japan and China to resolve their Islands dispute calmly through dialogue.
In a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Clinton `encouraged that the dispute over Senkaku Islands must be solved through dialogue and calm on all sides', State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
Nuland said that Clinton also reiterated the U. S. stance on the dispute, the Japan Times reports.
The United States said it does not take a position on the sovereignty of the Japan-controlled islets in the East China Sea, but has stated they are covered by the Japan-U. S. security alliance under which Washington would defend Japan in the event of an armed attack.
According to the report, Clinton''s remarks in her talks with Kishida underscored that Washington remains opposed to any escalation of tensions between Asia''s two largest economies. (ANI)