Aso Delays China Summit

Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso has postponed his upcoming trip to . From Bloomberg:

A ministry spokesman dismissed a report that China requested the delay because of a territorial dispute.

“We wanted to have an early summit meeting, but it became difficult for the prime minister to visit in March,” Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said at a press conference in Tokyo. “This is because of circumstances in China, as well as here because of the Diet session. But both sides remain committed to meeting soon.”

China requested a cancellation of the March 27-29 trip because of outcry over a longstanding dispute over islands in the South China , the Mainichi newspaper said earlier today. Aso last month reiterated Japan’s claim to the islands, prompting a statement of “strong dissatisfaction” from the Chinese .

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