Tag: China

China won’t confirm Japan meeting, tensions return

China refused to say on Thursday whether Premier Wen Jiabao will meet Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at a regional summit this month, and a Chinese diplomat accused Japanese foreign affairs minister of rekindling ill-will.
The swipe at Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara by Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Hu Zhengyue exposed the prickly tensions that still dog ties between Asia's two biggest economies, despite their efforts to overcome a maritime dispute.

China ‘shocked’ by Japan FM’s comments as two sides meet

BEIJING: China on Tuesday said it was shocked by the latest comments from Tokyo in a simmering row over a group of disputed islands, as the two sides held informal talks in a bid to ease tensions.
The latest volley in the war of words between Asia's top two economies came after three days of sporadically violent anti-Japan protests in several Chinese cities -- the largest such demonstrations since 2005. Japan and China are trying to rebuild ties that were badly strained after

China cries foul over peace prize, dissident’s wife elated

China on Friday slammed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo as a violation of the honour's ideals, while the laureate's joyful wife led calls for his immediate release.
Beijing -- which has repeatedly branded the 54-year-old writer a criminal following his December 2009 jailing for 11 years on subversion charges -- also warned Norway that ties would suffer over the Nobel committee's decision.
"The Nobel Peace Prize should be awarded to those