Japanese PM wants summit talks with Korean, Chinese presidents
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being vocal about his intent to improve ties with Japan's neighbors and key regional partners, Korea and China.
Speaking to reporters during a trip to Kuwait Monday, Abe said he wanted summit talks with Korean President Park Geun-hye, as well as with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The latest proposal comes a week after reports emerged the Japanese foreign minister suggested to the Korean ambassador in Tokyo, that President Park and Prime Minister Abe meet next month on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Russia.
Citing a lack of time for preparation and current strained relations, officials in Seoul said talks, at best, would be informal and brief.
Relations among the three Northeast Asian countries have been strained amid the Abe Cabinet's denial of Japan's wartime atrocities.
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