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Japan, China officials hold informal talks on preventing conflict
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Tokyo (AFP) Oct 27, 2014


Former Japan PM to meet with China's Xi: report
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 24, 2014 - Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week, a report said Friday, as Tokyo tries to set up premier-level talks amid tensions with its giant neighbour.

The reported meeting on Wednesday is happening during Fukuda's three-day visit to Beijing as a board member of a China-based international forum, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported.

The sit down, which could not be immediately confirmed, is likely to focus on clearing the way for the first bilateral talks between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next month in China, it said.

Abe and Xi, both strong nationalists, have not held direct talks and their nations remain deeply at odds over a disputed island chain as well as bitter memories of Japan's aggression in China and elsewhere in Asia leading up to and during World War II.

But the two sides have made visible steps in recent weeks towards a possible top-level meeting.

The NHK report comes days after Japan's deputy prime minister urged China to agree to a summit, as he met with a top Chinese official.

Taro Aso and China's Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli briefly chatted on the sidelines of the APEC finance ministers' gathering in Beijing, ahead of the forum's annual summit.

Aso, who is also Tokyo's finance minister, told Japanese media in Beijing that he had used the meeting to call for a meeting between Abe and Xi, stressing the importance of the countries' trade and business ties.

Abe made brief contact with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang last week at an international gathering in Italy, followed by other meetings between senior officials of both countries and a visit to China by a major Japanese business delegation.

Fukuda, who led Japan for a year from September 2007 before resigning amid poor approval ratings, briefly met with Xi in April last year at the same conference he is attending next week.

Chinese defence officials are meeting a Japanese delegation in Beijing this week for informal talks on preventing simmering territorial disputes from erupting into armed conflict, the talks' host said Monday.

The former members of Japan's Air and Marine Self-Defense Forces will meet with the current Chinese defence officials on Wednesday, as Tokyo calls for a first official meeting between Japanese premier Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Japan's Sasakawa Peace Foundation, which has been involved in such talks over previous years, is hosting the forum amid fears of an armed conflict near the disputed Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, also claimed by China which calls them Diaoyus.

There will be two days of talks in the Chinese capital followed by two more meetings that will be held in Japan or China in the coming months, with a report expected early next year, the Foundation said.

"We're hosting the meeting ahead of a resumption of official talks between defence authorities, and hope to help deepen communication between the two sides and create a positive atmosphere for bilateral relations," foundation official Yu Zhan said.

While there are signs of a thawing in relations between Tokyo and Beijing, longstanding territorial conflicts and Chinese anger over Japan's aggression in the first half of the 20th century have weighed on ties.

In November, Beijing unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) covering the East China Sea, which overlapped a similar Japanese zone and covered the bitterly contested islands.

In the same month, Japan accused China of flying fighter jets "dangerously" close to its military planes near the disputed archipelago -- believed to harbour vast natural resources below its seabed -- but Beijing laid the blame at Tokyo's feet.

Last month, senior officials of the two countries agreed to resume stalled talks over setting up a hotline between defence officials to prevent an unintended conflict.

Abe and Xi, both strong nationalists, have not held direct talks, but the Japanese leader made brief contact with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang earlier this month at an international gathering in Italy. That followed other Japan-China meetings between senior officials and business leaders.

Last week, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso and China's Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli briefly chatted on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) finance ministers' gathering in Beijing, ahead of the forum's annual summit next month.

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Former Japan PM to meet with China's Xi: report
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 24, 2014
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week, a report said Friday, as Tokyo tries to set up premier-level talks amid tensions with its giant neighbour. The reported meeting on Wednesday is happening during Fukuda's three-day visit to Beijing as a board member of a China-based international forum, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported. ... read more


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