Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s plans to visit China will not be affected by the state of talks on energy resources in disputed waters, China said on Thursday, contradicting comments from Japan.
The 11th round of talks on how to develop natural gas in the East China Sea ended on Wednesday with no sign of progress, prompting Japan’s top government spokesman to say the dispute could affect the Fukuda visit.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said that was not the case.
“China welcomes Prime Minister Fukuda to visit as early as possible,” Liu told a news conference. [Full Text]