Top diplomats from Japan, China to meet at weekend – Reuters

From Reuters:

Top diplomats from Japan and China are set to meet in Tokyo at the weekend amid speculation that Shinzo Abe(安倍晋三) may hold a summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao(胡锦涛) 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(靖国神社), 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]


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