By Keisuke Kawazu in Beijing
In connection with the fact that Japan, China and South Korea are making arrangements to hold foreign ministerial talks in Tokyo on Aug. 23-24, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang released a comment on Aug. 18 saying that “it is a multilateral meeting that has nothing to do with bilateral visits.”
The spokesperson issued the comment in response to speculation on whether the ministerial will be Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s first visit to Japan since taking office. Amid tensions growing in Japan-China relations, Lu apparently made the comment to reduce the significance of Wang’s visit to Japan with an eye on the domestic audience.
With regard to the schedule for Wang’s visit to Japan, the spokesperson only said the matter is “under consultation.”