22:26 29 March 2016
Japan-China leaders' talks at U.S. nuclear summit unlikely: source
TOKYO, March 29, Kyodo
Japan's requests for bilateral Japan-China leaders' talks on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington this week appear to have been rebuffed by Beijing, a Japanese government source said Tuesday.
According to the source, Tokyo proposed several times this month through diplomatic channels a sit-down meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping but received no response.
U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a trilateral meeting with Abe and South Korean President Park Geun Hye on the sidelines of the summit Thursday, while Xi is scheduled to meet separately with Obama and Park.
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