China avoids congratulating Tokyo on successful Olympic bid

China's Foreign Ministry on Monday stopped short of congratulating Tokyo for winning its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and instead urged Japan to make more efforts to mend bilateral ties frayed over an island dispute.

"We have noticed the decision made by the International Olympic Committee," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in his brusque response at a press conference, when asked whether China has any comment on the Japanese capital's successful bid.

The spokesman urged Japan to win the trust of the international community by adopting "a correct attitude on historical issues."

Tensions between Asia's biggest economies have been high since the Japanese government's purchase last September of most of the disputed Senkaku Islands from a Japanese private owner to put them under state control.

The uninhabited islands in the East China Sea are claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.