BEIJING (Kyodo) Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visits to Yasukuni Shrine and said they were “unfortunate,” trade minister Toshihiro Nikai told reporters after their meeting Wednesday.

The dialogue was the highest-level bilateral talks in more than five months. It was intended to help mend soured ties, which took another hit when Koizumi paid his annual visit to the Tokyo shrine in October.

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