Aso To Visit China Late Oct, Eyes Talks With Hu, Wen

From Reuters:

Japan’s new Prime Minister Taro Aso plans to visit China in late October, eyeing his first summit with Chinese leaders since taking office last month, government officials said on Sunday.

Tokyo and Beijing are in talks to set up a meeting between Aso and Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, when Aso attends the summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Beijing on October 24 and 25, two officials said.

Aso has shot down speculation that he would call a snap election later this month, saying that he would first work to stimulate the economy.

“That allows Aso to attend the ASEM meeting, and the government is in the final stage of scheduling” the meetings with Hu and Wen, said a foreign ministry official who asked not to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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