Washington: Japan has proposed a tri-lateral talk with China and the United States, a move which is being supported by the US.

"The United States supports a meeting between Japan, China and ourselves, as Foreign Minister (of Japan, Koichiro) Gemba recently proposed," the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Clinton's remarks came on a day on which diplomats of the US, India and Japan started their first tri-lateral dialogue.

"When we look at the Asia-Pacific region, trust and cooperation among Japan, the US and China is critical for ensuring stability in the region," Koichiro told reporters at a joint press conference with Clinton here.

"With this in mind, I proposed to Secretary Clinton to launch a trilateral dialogue among these three countries. And in response, Secretary Clinton shared my views," he said.