Japan, China could hold summit soon: Japanese PM's adviser
TATSUNO, Japan (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could soon hold a summit meeting with China's president, Xi Jingping, an adviser to Abe said on Sunday, adding that he had met senior officials close to the Chinese leader on a secret visit to Beijing this month.
Abe, whose ruling bloc cemented its grip on power with a win in upper house of parliament elections a week ago, called on Friday for an unconditional meeting between his country and China as soon as possible.
Sino-Japanese ties, often fragile, have been seriously strained since September when a territorial row over tiny islands in the East China Sea flared.
Concern that the conservative Japanese leader wants to recast Japan's wartime history with a less apologetic tone has added to the tension.