BEIJING, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Foreign
Ministry confirmed on Monday that the consultation with Japan on the East China
Sea had "made remarkable progress".
"The two sides now are working out the final
details," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu in a press release.
She said the governments of the two countries would
make an announcement once an agreement had being reached.
China and Japan have carried out several rounds of
talks on resolving the disputes in the East China Sea since 2004. The two
countries reached a consensus to push for an early settlement of the issue while
Chinese President Hu Jintao was on a state visit to Japan in May.