China congratulates Tokyo on Olympic win amid dispute
BEIJING (AP) - China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the country's Olympic committee had congratulated Tokyo on winning its Olympic bid amid a bitter diplomatic feud over islands claimed by both.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei had earlier refused to say whether congratulations would be forthcoming when asked at a regular briefing on Monday.
"We noted the decision by the International Olympic Committee," Mr Hong said before referring reporters to the Chinese Olympic Committee, where phones rang unanswered.
Later on Monday, the ministry said in an addendum to its transcript of the spokesman's briefing that China's Olympic Committee "had already sent its congratulations to Tokyo for its successful bid to host the Olympics". It did not say when the congratulations were conveyed.