Tokyo will begin talks with Beijing as early as this autumn to determine the size of official Japanese yen loans to be extended to China in fiscal 1999 and 2000, government officials said June 24.

Beijing recently asked Tokyo to begin the talks as soon as possible and Tokyo agreed in principle to the request, the officials said, requesting that they not be named. The officials said, however, that Tokyo asked Beijing to compile a list of infrastructure and other projects that it wants to implement with the loans before starting discussions on the amount of such low-interest loans.

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