China: Talks need 'good atmosphere'
Updated: 2006-05-11 20:38
China has signalled a meeting is possible between its foreign minister and
his Japanese counterpart as long as there is a "good atmosphere" between the
feuding states, a Chinese official was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing after a
meting at the United Nations in New York, May 9, 2006.
The two nations, whose relations are at their lowest level in decades over a
range of disputes, began exploring a possible meeting between their foreign
ministers earlier this week.
China has halted such meetings since last October, when Japanese Prime
Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid his latest visit to a Tokyo war shrine that
critics see as a symbol of the nation's past militarism because convicted war
criminals are honoured along with war dead.
Wu Dawei, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister, was quoted by Kyodo news agency as
saying that China has not rejected a Japanese proposal that the two foreign
ministers meet on the sidelines of a meeting of Asian foreign ministers in Doha,
Qatar, later this month.
"We are considering it. But we need a good atmosphere," he said.