Moscow calls for peaceful solution to territorial dispute between China and Japan

Russia has urged China and Japan to search for a peaceful solution to their territorial dispute over the Senkaku (Diaoyu Dao) Islands in the East China Sea.

"Russia remains committed to its position that any territorial disputes should be resolved through peaceful means," a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department, has told Interfax, commenting on mounting tension between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku (Diaoyu Dao) islands in the East China Sea.

Massive anti-Japanese protests swept in China over the weekend. In 85 Chinese cities, opponents of Japan's "nationalization" of the islands threw stones at Japanese diplomatic missions.

Earlier, the Japanese ambassador to China urged the Chinese authorities to take necessary measures to protect Japanese citizens and companies operating in China.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda issued a similar call.

Addressing reporters on Sunday, he voiced his intention to file an official protest with the Chinese government over anti-Japanese protests that have been going on for a whole week.

The Japanese government did not expect the protests to spread so quickly, government sources have been quoted as saying.

Protests continue near the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.

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