China, Japan to hold security talks in Beijing
Updated: 2006-07-20 10:33 Japan and China will hold
working-level security talks in Beijing this week, Japan's Foreign Ministry said
Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Tsuneo Nishida will discuss regional security
and defense with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei on Friday, the ministry said
in a statement. Defense officials from both sides were also slated to attend.
The ministry also said Japanese and Chinese officials plan to discuss U.N.
reform at a separate meeting on Thursday in Beijing.
North Korea's recent missile tests are not on the agenda for either meeting,
Foreign Ministry Press Secretary Yoshinori Katori told reporters Wednesday,
although he didn't rule out an informal discussion of the issue.
The talks come amid rocky relations between Japan and China.
The two disagreed over how to respond to the North Korean missile launches
earlier this month, with Beijing accusing Tokyo of overreacting.
They are also at odds over interpretations of Japan's wartime conquest of
China and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's repeated visits to a Tokyo
war shrine critics say glorifies Japan's past militarism.
China has refused to hold top-level talks since Koizumi's last visit to the
shrine in October last year.
China and Japan have held nine security meetings since 1993, the last in
Tokyo in February 2004, according to the statement.