Japan foreign minister meets China envoy over frosty ties
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's foreign minister and the Chinese envoy to Tokyo met on Friday in a rare courtesy call described as "friendly", with the two Asian giants looking to mend frosty ties.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, whose department has repeatedly summoned Ambassador Cheng Yonghua in recent months, declined to detail what the two discussed beyond saying they had "meaningful exchanges" based on their "mutually beneficial relationship".
The meeting came as long tumultuous Tokyo-Beijing relations plummet to new lows over ownership of islands in the East China Sea, as both countries ramp up their armed forces.
China has sent ships and aircraft into the area on scores of occasions, prompting counter deployments by Japan.