The Straits Times
Published on Sep 07, 2012

No Apec summits with China, S. Korea: Japan PM


TOKYO (AFP) - Japan will not hold summit talks with either China or South Korea on the sidelines of an upcoming Asia-Pacific meeting, the prime minister said on Friday, amid rows over disputed islands.

However, Mr Yoshihiko Noda said he would not rule out informal talks with leaders of the two nations at this year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Vladivostok on Saturday and Sunday.

"At this point there is no formal summit with South Korea's President Lee Myung Bak or China's President Hu Jintao," he told a press conference. "But if there is an opportunity, for example a conversation in passing, I would like to tell them Japan's position."

Relations with China and South Korea have been derailed by rows over two sets of disputed islands.