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BEIJING (Reuters) - China hinted on Thursday it would oppose Japan's bid for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, days before a visit by Secretary-General Kofi Annan that will address plans to reform the body.
By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to South Korea said on Wednesday he was not encouraged by the way North Korea was approaching an agreement to dismantle its nuclear programmes.
By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japan-China-South Korea summit may be canceled for the first time in six years due to Chinese and Korean anger over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine, a newspaper said on Wednesday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Words and actions by Japanese politicians are stalemating ties between Seoul and Tokyo, South Korea's ambassador to Japan said on Monday, an apparent reference to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a war shrine.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister criticized China and South Korea for protesting against Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo shrine for the war dead, media reports said on Sunday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Likening Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo war shrine to "pouring salt into an open wound," China's ambassador to Japan on Thursday urged a halt to the pilgrimages in order to thaw frigid Sino-Japanese ties.
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is getting the cold shoulder from China, lectures from South Korea and even some advice from close ally America, but the diplomatic chill in Asia is doing the Japanese leader little harm at home.
By Elaine Lies PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - A top U.S. diplomat voiced frustration with Japan's strained relationship with its Asian neighbours, saying Tokyo's spats over history with China and South Korea could undercut American interests in Asia.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is pushing ahead with a plan to clear China of chemical weapons left behind by its retreating Imperial army after World War Two, but it may have trouble meeting a 2007 deadline, a government official said on Thursday.
By Masayuki Kitano KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi rejected criticism that his diplomacy leans too much toward Washington at the expense of Asia, saying close U.S.-Japan ties are good for the region and the world.
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.