China not planning meeting with Abe

Kyodo

China has no plans to arrange a meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a summit of APEC leaders next week in Indonesia, a senior Chinese diplomat said Sunday.

“We don’t have such a plan at this moment,” Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong told a press briefing organized ahead of the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit opening Monday.

Li also said China does not see Japan taking any “concrete actions” to improve bilateral ties.

There have been no official talks between top leaders of Japan and China since bilateral ties sank to their lowest point in years after the central government purchased most of the Senkaku Islands from a private Japanese owner in September last year, effectively nationalizing them.

  • mulan

    Abe is losing momentum since the meeting with Xi at G20. His speech at US about “collective security” is amateurish.

    Abe has no authority to deny the dispute with China. Many Japanese leaders recognize it before. US recognizes it even before transfer “administrative right ” to Japan. That is why US “doesn’t take side”.

    China doesn’t ask Japan to give up her claim. All China asks is to recognize the dispute from Japanese side officially for one more time so future Japanese PMs would not be able to lie about it.

    It is a very reasonable demand and from that point the two nations can talk about sovereignty based on laws and facts.

    Anyone has any idea why Abe blocks the diplomatic initiative from Chinese side ? What better initiatives can Abe offer ?