China PM to visit S Korea, Japan in 4-nation tour

Chinese PM Wen Jiabao will visit S Korea, Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar on a four-nation Asian trip starting later this month.

Last Updated: May 22, 2010, 13:04 PM IST

Beijing: Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao will visit South Korea, Japan, Mongolia and Myanmar on a four-nation Asian trip starting later this month, the foreign ministry has confirmed.

Wen will attend a three-nation summit with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on the island of Jeju in South Korea, ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoyu said in a statement late Friday.

The summit, on May 29 and 30, will likely focus on the North Korean nuclear issue, including the alleged torpedoing of a South Korean naval vessel by a North Korean submarine that killed 46 sailors.

Japan`s foreign ministry announced the Japanese leg of Wen`s visit earlier this week.

He is due to meet Hatoyama in Tokyo on May 31 and Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on June 1.

The four-nation trip will last from May 28 to June 3.

Relations between Asian giants Japan and China, the world`s number two and three economies respectively, have warmed but are still often strained by their wartime history and ongoing disputes over territory and resources.

Bureau Report