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Beijing Says China-Japan Summit Unlikely

China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, March 12, 2012. China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, March 12, 2012.
China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, March 12, 2012.
China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, March 12, 2012.
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A senior Chinese diplomat is casting doubt on the likelihood of a meeting between leaders of China and Japan on the sidelines of next week's G20 summit in Russia.

Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong said Tuesday such a meeting would be very difficult to organize, given the current state of relations that have been strained by a territorial dispute.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for a high-level summit with China. Reports suggest he is hoping for an informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 meeting.

Li rejected the reported Japanese offers as disingenuous, saying meetings should not be held "simply for the sake of shaking hands and taking pictures, but to resolve problems."

China-Japan ties reached their lowest point in years after the Tokyo government's purchase last September of a group of islands in the East China Sea from their private Japanese landowner.

The uninhabited islands, which are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are controlled by Tokyo. But since the purchase, China has sent regular air and sea patrols near the area in what some view as an attempt to challenge Japan's sovereignty of the area.

Beijing officials have also expressed anger at Japanese leaders they feel have denied their country's wartime past. Earlier this month, China objected to a visit by Japanese cabinet members to a controversial shrine that honors the country's war dead, including some convicted war criminals.

Li on Tuesday called for Japan to "properly face up to history" and take "real actions" to get rid of the obstacles to healthy bilateral ties.

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by: charlie from: Calfornia
August 28, 2013 12:24 AM
to Vasi from Boston; "Senkaku islands belong to Japan" & "Japan never lost to china !", Poland did not defeat Germany but nine million Germans fled in the Winter of 45 by foot, old and young, because Russia was giving East Prussia, Silesia and East Pomerania to Poland. Thousands died. Germany doesn't whine about losing 33% of its' land mass to a country it defeated. Germany lost a world war and so did Japan. You don't seem to get it. We could have given Hokkaido to Russia 45 and told the Japanese to get out but we didn't. When you fight the kind of cruel war that Japan and Germany fought in that war you don't get to decide what is Japanese anymore if you lose.Japan was apparently let off too easy.

by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
August 27, 2013 10:16 PM
We are always ready to welcome those who are coming, those who leave are not regretted. The door to dialogue is always open.

by: Frank from: O.County, USA
August 27, 2013 7:21 PM
Japan does not need to be active to have a talk with China which is now struggling to maintain its bubble economy and even its political power. Look the Bo Xilai trial! Chinese leaders are always act as if they are enthusiastic about their nationals' happiness, but it just to keep their cathedras. They are accumulating lots of money and saving it in USA and letting their family members live in USA, because they themselves know very well that soon or later, their communist empire will collapse.

by: Charlie from: California
August 27, 2013 1:37 PM
Japan does not seem to realize they lost the war they started when they invaded China. Atrocities by them are old news from that war. The US is giving a free ride to a side of Japan that we will rue supporting. There is a good side to Japan, but not these nuts who want to fight over rocks surrounded by resources that should have gone to China in 1945. 1/3 of Germany went to Poland and Russia in 45! Time to draw the line in the sand for Tokyo. Son of Pacific War vet.
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by: vasi from: Boston
August 27, 2013 6:41 PM
Remember this Japan never lost to china ! and the rock you red chin should be yours ? it never was to begin with ! Unlike Tibet, Mongo or Vietnam ! Senkaku islands belong to Japan.

by: Bill from: NY, USA
August 27, 2013 10:08 AM
It is time for Abe to show his sincere to China & Korea but not empty talk. But as his extreme right background and his family history tie-up with WWII war cirminal record, he is just making shows to the world. He is never been trusted.

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