Advertisement

AP Newswire

Stateside World Business Stocks Technology Sports Weather
Entertainment Multimedia Health Science Politics Travel Offbeat
Jul 11, 8:19 AM EDT

Japan seeks talks with China at November summit

AP Photo
AP Photo/Koji Sasahara
World Video

Multimedia
Archery on horseback still draws crowd
Ainu Rebels reclaim cultural pride
Japanese defend whaling tradition
Japan deals with 'Minimata Disease'
Latest News
Strong quake hits Japan, triggering small tsunami

Japan seeks talks with China at November summit

Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

Japan protests China paper's map of atomic clouds

Australia, Japan sign free trade, defense deals

Multimedia
Video photo gallery on trash in China
China celebrates 60th year
Panorama of Tiananmen Square
Remembering Tiananmen
A year after China quake
Migrant laborers struggle to find work
Checking Beijing's Air
China's morning exercises in parks
Exploring Chinese Cuisine
Beijing Architecture Changes For Games
Woman Rescues Homeless Quake Dogs
China Holds Funeral for Panda
China's 1-child Policy Causes Extra Pain
Map of Earthquake Zone in Central China
Entrepreneurs Move Into, Out of China
Olypmics in Beijing Highlight China's Water Woes
Foreign Buyers Head to China Despite Problems
Coal Use Produces Pollution, Illness
Coal Means Profit, Woes for China
China Extending Its Reach Around the World
In China, the Desert Closes In
Latest News
Chinese officials will buy more electric cars

Japan seeks talks with China at November summit

China tells reporters to work within state media

China's west jails 32 people for terror content

Van falls into pond, killing 8 children in China

Buy AP Photo Reprints
Audio Slideshow
Panorama of Tiananmen Square
Remembering Tiananmen

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's top government spokesman said Friday that an Asian regional summit in Beijing this November would be a good opportunity for the leaders of Japan and China to hold their first talks ever amid sour relations. The Chinese government, however, rejected the suggestion.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting would provide a "natural" environment for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet on the sidelines. Beijing will be hosting this year's annual meeting for the 21-member group.

"APEC is where world leaders gather, and I believe it would be quite appropriate (for Abe and Xi) to hold talks on the sidelines, as other members of international society do," Suga said at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

He said the world's second and third largest economies must act as responsible members of the international community.

It's highly unusual for the leaders of the two countries not to meet for so long after taking office. Abe became prime minister in December 2012, and Xi assumed the presidency in March 2013.

Relations between Japan and China have been tense over island disputes in the East China Sea, exploitation of undersea gas deposits in the area, as well as wartime history.

Their ties turned colder late last year when Abe visited a controversial Tokyo shrine, where Japanese World War II leaders convicted as war criminals are honored among the 2.5 million dead. It was seen by China as the lack of remorse over Japanese wartime aggression.

In Beijing, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry dismissed the proposed talks and questioned Tokyo's sincerity.

"China-Japan relations are facing severe difficulty," Qin Gang said at a regular briefing, repeating China's objections to Abe's visit to the war shrine and the island disputes.

"If the Japanese side does not to correct its attitude or take concrete actions, the relationship between China and Japan will not recover," Qin said.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Advertisement