Tsuyoshi NojimaÔºöJapan, China at odds on summit

From asahi.comÔºö

is eager to open up membership to the East Asia grouping, but Beijing is wary.

Asian giants and have locked horns over membership to the East Asia summit that will meet in Malaysia later this year.

Tokyo wants to drastically expand the membership, while China does not.

Tokyo has lobbied Asian nations about , and joining the group. An expanded gathering could open the door to giving the United States observer nation status, officials say.

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