China calls on Japan to `maintain relations`
Japan had asked China to behave as "responsible member of global community".
Beijing: China called on Japan to "maintain the full spectrum of relations" between the two nations amid a damaging territorial row that has rumbled on for more than three weeks, state press reported.
"China attaches great importance to its relations with Japan. We hope Japan will work with China to maintain the full spectrum of bilateral relations," said Ma Zhaoxu, the chief spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The statement came after Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan called on China to behave as "responsible member of the international community" as the two sides work through their worst spat in several years, centred on a disputed island chain.