China refuses to apologise for anti-Japan protests

China’s Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing again refused to apologise today to Tokyo for anti-Japan protests in China last month that damaged Japanese diplomatic compounds and businesses.

China’s Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing again refused to apologise today to Tokyo for anti-Japan protests in China last month that damaged Japanese diplomatic compounds and businesses.

However, Li and his Japanese counterpart, Nobutaka Machimura, did acknowledge there had been “some improvement” in rocky relations between the two - agreeing the region’s stability depended upon their mending ties, Japan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hatsuhisa Takashima told reporters.

The two officials, meeting on the sidelines of a two-day Asia-Europe being held in Kyoto, Japan, also agreed to pursue discussions on how to compensate Japan for the damage, Takashima said.

“To some extent there was no agreement and to some extent there was, I would say, a certain improvement in the situation,” he said.

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