Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held formal talks Saturday with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, to make last-minute arrangements for a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's APEC summit in Beijing.

The discussions between Kishida and Wang took place in the day in the Chinese capital, where the two-day gathering of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum will begin Monday.

Tokyo and Beijing have not held official foreign ministerial-level talks since September 2012 amid bilateral relations poisoned by territorial and historical disputes.