Japan and China have pledged to work towards reducing tensions between their naval forces around the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, which is the subject of a territorial dispute, the two countries’ foreign ministers said during a meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Toshimitsu Motegi and Wang Yi addressed the most contentious issue in their bilateral relations in the first high-level meeting between the governments of the neighboring Asian giants since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a joint statement to the media after the meeting, Motegi said he had asked his counterpart to "take positive action" to ease tensions around the remote islands in the East China Sea. EFE-EPA