Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said before leaving for Indonesia that he intends to meet with his Chinese and South Korean counterparts at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. Although there are growing disputes with both neighbours, Abe is eager to hold exchange of views with the Chinese and South Korean leaders during the regional summit.
Despite China’s claim of having no interest to meet with Japan during the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Bali, the Japanese prime minister said he wants to “seize on an opportune time to exchange views” with the Chinese and South Korean leaders. “I want to send a message that the door of dialogue is always open,” Abe said. Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye are yet to convene with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a formal meeting, but the East Asian leaders have already met, albeit briefly, during the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg.
Abe and Xi met last month during the summit and spent about 5 minutes of conversation together. According to spokesman Kotaro Otsuki at the Japanese Embassy in Moscow, the Japanese and Chinese leaders “met before going into the first session of the G20 meeting.” However, Abe’s ‘opportune time’ may not take place, with regard to Pres. Xi, in Bali as China has just, and boldly, warned Japan, the United States and Australia not to interfere in territorial disputes. The Foreign Minister of China issued the warning on its website following the fifth ministerial meeting of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue of the three countries on Friday.
The LDP chief is also hoping to meet Pres. Park Geun-Hye, although Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se claimed, back in May, that top-level meetings may not resume for both countries although Abe and Park had a brief interaction during the G-20 Summit in Russia. A change of heart may also be possible, but South Korea made no confirmation on Japan’s requested summit.
[via Channel News Asia]
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