China, Japan talk sees no breakthrough
Updated: 2006-09-24 09:40
TOKYO - Japan and China remained deadlocked Saturday on a range of issues
including resuming leadership summits under Japan's premier-in-waiting, Shinzo
Abe, but both sides agreed to keep talking, a Japanese official said.
Chinese Executive Vice Foreign Minister Dai
Bingguo (R) is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shotaro Yachi (L)
prior to their meeting at the Foreign Ministry's Iikura guesthouse in
Tokyo. Japan and China began vice-ministerial level talks just a few days
ahead of Japan's new administration, in a bid to seek ways to ease
strained ties between the two Asian
"There are many unresolved issues, and talks will continue," Japanese Vice
Foreign Minister Shotaro Yachi told reporters after meeting his Chinese
counterpart Dai Bingguo in Tokyo.
Chinese leaders have refused summits with outgoing premier Junichiro Koizumi
over his repeated visits to a war shrine linked to Japan's past militarism,
plunging bilateral relations to their lowest point in decades.
Saturday's talks were the first between the two sides since May. Yachi said
they discussed a range of issues concerning bilateral relations and regional
security, including how to share oil and gas resources in a disputed section of
the East China Sea.
He declined to give details, saying the two sides had agreed not to make the
specifics public. The talks will continue next week, he said.
Abe, who scored a landslide victory in ruling party elections on Wednesday,
is set to succeed Koizumi as prime minister next week.
Though known for his hawkish stance on foreign policy, news reports have said
Abe wants to arrange a summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines
of a regional conference in Vietnam in November.
Yachi refused to say whether he thought the Chinese will be open to such
On top of the war shrine issue, Tokyo and Beijing have recently squabbled
over the response to North Korea's missile tests in July, as well as Japanese
school textbooks that China says gloss over Japan's wartime atrocities in Asia.