Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday characterized as “beyond comprehension” Chinese President Hu Jintao’s ruling out a summit with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi unless he stops visiting Yasukuni Shrine.

“It sounds like the Japanese government is to be blamed for all the various difficult issues between Japan and China, but I wonder if that is really the case,” Aso told a news conference after the morning’s Cabinet meeting, commenting on Hu’s remark Friday to a delegation of Japanese lawmakers in Beijing.

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