Japan said Thursday it is trying to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit in Germany next month.
Japan and China have been working to repair relations since Abe last year replaced Junichiro Koizumi, who outraged Beijing and Seoul with his visits to a shrine linked to Japan's imperialist past.
"We are trying to coordinate a meeting and nothing has been decided at this stage," chief government spokesman Yasuhisa Shiozaki told reporters.
He was replying to a report by Kyodo News, which quoted unnamed government sources as saying Abe and Hu would meet.
Host Germany has invited Hu to take part in the three-day summit that begins June 6 at the coastal resort of Heiligendamm.
Kyodo News said the two leaders would discuss bilateral issues including a dispute over gas fields in the East China Sea.
Japan and China are two of the world's largest energy importers and have long jostled over rights to the lucrative gas fields.
Abe and Hu have met twice since Abe became premier, first when Abe made a fence-mending trip to China and
South Korea days after taking office and then on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam in November.
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao also visited Tokyo last month, the first visit by a Chinese leader here since 2000.
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