China denies any possibility of Sino–Japanese summit

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China denied any possibility of having a summit meeting with Japan, the official Chinese newspaper China Daily reported Tuesday. The meeting was Tokyo’s proposal and it was to be designed to discuss territorial rows between the two countries. The declarations were issued during a visit by Japanese vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki who was sent by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to start dialogue with the world power, the international media writes.

China Daily quotes an unidentified top official who urges the Japanese government to take real measures instead of “empty slogans”.

It also said that the statements made by Abe adviser Isao Iijima that a summit between Abe and President Xi Jinping could occur in the “not-too-distant future”, based on conversations with Chinese officials in Beijing in mid-July, were misleading.

A Japanese foreign ministry source in Tokyo said he had not seen the China Daily report and could not comment on it directly, but said it was still possible a summit could be held “at an appropriate time”.

One of the most disputed issues between China and Japan is the question of the SenkakuIslands. Recently, some of the islands were nationalized by the Japanese government and this fact angered Chinese authorities.