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China, Japan top diplomats tackle maritime matters, Pyongyang

Beijing scolds Tokyo over South China Sea remarks

MANILA -- The Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers on Monday met for the first time since Japan's recent cabinet reshuffle, with their 50-minute talk covering Beijing's development of military bases in the South China Sea and the new United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

"Frankly speaking, we were disappointed to hear your comments" at the East Asia Summit foreign ministers' meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told new Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, who had called on Beijing to respect the rule of international law regarding its military base construction in the South China Sea. The criticism was in line with past Chinese responses but also touched on Kono's father, Yohei, a former politician familiar with Wang, who said he held hopes for the son.

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