Japan’s Prime Minister Met Briefly With Chinese President Hu

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met briefly today with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Japan’s government said in a statement.

Noda and Hu discussed the two nations’ relationship, according to the statement. Japan said that Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba also met his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi.

Hu clarified to Noda China’s stance on the current Sino-Japan relationship and on the Diaoyu island, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website today.

Asia’s two biggest economies have been in a dispute over islands claimed by both countries. The islands, lying in the East China Sea near oil and gas reserves, are known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese.

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