- Title: CHINA: Former Japanese PM arrives in Beijing
- Date: 15th January 2013
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (JANUARY 15, 2013) (REUTERS) FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER YUKIO HATOYAMA WALKING OUT OF BUILDING AND GETTING INTO A CAR WITH HIS DELEGATION PARKED CAR VARIOUS OF CARS DRIVING AWAY
- Embargoed: 30th January 2013 12:00
- Location: China
- Country: China
- Topics: International Relations,Politics
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- Story Text: Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama arrived in Beijing on Tuesday (January 15) on a four-day private visit.
Hatoyama was invited by the Chinese people's Institute of Foreign Affairs, the institute confirmed. Japanese news media, including public broadcaster NHK, have reported that his intention is to discuss with key Chinese leaders ideas pertaining to the latest East Asian Community trade bloc proposal.
However Japanese media also report that foreign ministry officials are concerned that Hatoyama, who is a former premier of the now opposition Democratic Party of Japan, is not a representative of the current government lead by Prime minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and may confuse current on-going diplomatic talks at a very sensitive time.
Sino-Japanese relations have deteriorated since the Japanese government's purchase of East China Sea islets, known as the Senkaku in Japanese and the Diaoyu in Chinese, from a private Japanese owner last September. It sparked widespread and violent anti-Japanese protests across China.
Japan's Defence Ministry has scrambled F-15 fighter jets several times in recent weeks to intercept Chinese marine surveillance planes approaching airspace over the islands.
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