Top diplomats from Japan and China are set to meet in Tokyo at the weekend amid speculation that Shinzo AbeÔºàÂÆâÂÄçÊôã‰∏âÔºâ may hold a summit with Chinese President Hu JintaoÔºàËÉ°Èî¶Ê∂õÔºâ after he becomes Japan’s next prime minister.
Relations between the two nations are at their worst in decades, and China has refused to hold a leaders’ summit with outgoing Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi because of his visits to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine(ÈùñÂõΩÁ•ûÁ§æÔºâ, seen by Beijing as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism.
Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shotaro Yachi will meet with Chinese counterpart Dai Bingguo in Tokyo on Saturday and Sunday for a sixth round of strategic dialogue, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The previous round was held in Beijing in May. [Full Text]