China rules out Sino-Japanese summit: State media
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China has ruled out the possibility of a proposed summit meeting with Japan, the official China Daily reported on Tuesday, after Tokyo proposed the meeting in a bid to defuse a territorial row.
The report, quoting a statement by an unidentified Chinese official made on Monday, comes during a visit by Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki.
Mr Saiki's visit is the latest in a series of efforts by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to improve relations soured by the bitter row over uninhabited islands claimed by both countries.
The hawkish Abe, who cemented his grip on power in an election last week, has been signalling a desire for dialogue with China – even though Japan has raised its assessment of the risk of China’s military buildup and maritime assertiveness.