China`s Hu arrives in Japan, 1st visit since spat
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Last Updated: Friday, November 12, 2010, 22:16
  
Yokohoma: Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Japan on Friday for his first visit since a territorial spat erupted two months ago that badly strained ties between the two Asian neighbours.

Hu arrived for a weekend summit in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, that brings together leaders from 21 Pacific Rim countries and territories, including the US and Russia.

Relations between Tokyo and Beijing remain tense after Japan arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain whose boat collided with two Japanese patrol vessels near disputed islands in the East China Sea on September 7.

Japanese officials are still trying to arrange a meeting between Hu and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, or APEC, summit. The two leaders had a brief encounter last month on the sidelines of a summit in Brussels, but have yet to hold a formal meeting.

The boat collision sparked nationalism in both countries. Japan released the captain, but Beijing demanded an apology and compensation, prompting Tokyo to demand that Beijing pay for damage to the patrol boats.

Beijing cut off ministerial-level contacts with Japan, repeatedly summoned Tokyo's ambassador to complain, and postponed talks on the joint development of undersea natural gas fields. China also quietly halted exports to Japan of rare earth metals, which are essential for making high-tech products.

PTI


First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 22:16


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