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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.

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