No plan yet for the Abe-Xi meeting at APEC

The Japanese delegation held a briefing at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation on November 7. Ken Okaniwa, spokesperson for Japanese delegation who hosted the briefing, told reporters that while both governments are “trying to arrange” a meeting between the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chinese President Xi Jinping, it is “not yet decided”.

Ken Okaniwa speaks during the briefing. Photo: People's Daily

The briefing, which attracted a roomful of reporters, was scheduled right after the four-point agreement reached by China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi and the National Security Adviser of Japan Shotaro Yach on Friday, which illustrated the common ground the two countries have just agreed on.

Okaniwa’s statement was focused on APEC related issues. The topic of the anticipated meeting between Abe and Xi was only briefly touched during the short Q&A session.

Okaniwa confirmed that a meeting between the foreign ministers is being arranged but the Abe-Xi meeting is not yet planned.

The Yasukuni shrine, which has been at the center of the tension between the two countries, was also brought up during the Q&A session, but was ignored by Okaniwa.


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