Fukuda, Wang discuss soured ties

Kyodo

Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the frosty relationship between the two countries last weekend in Beijing, sources close to Japan-China relations said Tuesday.

During the talks Saturday, the two exchanged views on the dispute over the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, as well as on Tokyo and Beijing’s differing views on wartime history, the sources said.

Former Ambassador to China Yuji Miyamoto also reportedly attended the meeting.

Fukuda was in Beijing to deliver a speech at an annual forum on bilateral relations that ran from Friday to Sunday.

Fukuda, who was prime minister for a year from September 2007, met with President Xi Jinping in April on the sidelines of a regional forum in Boao, southern China. Fukuda later said there were no substantive discussions on bilateral issues during the meeting.