Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping are arranging talks around Nov. 16 in San Francisco on the sidelines of a gathering of Asia-Pacific leaders, a source close to bilateral relations said Thursday.

Japan's top national security adviser Takeo Akiba is expected to lay the groundwork for the summit in his talks with senior Chinese officials in Beijing, as bilateral ties remain strained over the release into the sea of treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

The summit, if realized, will take place on the fringes of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum leaders' meeting in San Francisco from Nov. 15 to 17 and would be the first since November last year in Thailand, the source said.