China rules out Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meeting at Sochi Games
BEIJING (AFP) - China on Tuesday ruled out a meeting between President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics, as a row between the Asian giants rumbles on.
Beijing confirmed Monday that Mr Xi would attend the Games, which open on Feb 7, while reports in Japan said last week that Mr Abe was planning to go, although no details have been confirmed.
"The Chinese government will not consider any contact with the Japanese leader during the Sochi games," Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told reporters in Beijing.
Tokyo and Beijing are embroiled in a series of rows, including a long-running diplomatic row over disputed islands in the East China Sea.