The Straits Times
Published on Oct 10, 2012

China's central banker to skip IMF meeting in Tokyo


TOKYO (AFP) - Two of China's most senior finance officials will skip International Monetary Fund meetings in Tokyo, the Fund and a report said Wednesday, amid a fearsome diplomatic row over disputed territory.

People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan, who had been due to deliver a lecture on Sunday, the centrepiece of the final day of the annual conference, will now send his deputy.

"We were informed two days ago that Governor Zhou's schedule might require him to cancel his lecture in Tokyo," an IMF spokesman said.

"It has now been confirmed that his deputy Yi Gang will represent him at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings and will deliver his Per Jacobsson Lecture."