Japan's prime minister says his nation is not willing to compromise in its territorial dispute with China over remote islands that have spawned violent anti-Japan protests.
But Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday that Japan would respond calmly and ensure the dispute does not harm bilateral relations between the two Asian powers.
Noda was speaking at a news conference after telling the U.N. General Assembly that disputes should be resolved according to the rule of law.
Senior Chinese and Japanese diplomats met both in New York and Beijing on Tuesday, trying to repair ties frayed by the spat over the Senakakus islands, called Diaoyu by China.
Noda said there could not be any compromise on the Senkakus if it meant reversing Japan's position that the islands are part of its territory.