Japan, China Foreign Chiefs Skip Meeting in Cambodia


Tokyo, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japan and China forwent a meeting between their foreign ministers that was initially being arranged to take place in Cambodia on Thursday.

Senior officials of Japan's Foreign Ministry admitted that the meeting was canceled at the request of the Chinese side.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a news conference that the meeting will not be held as the Chinese side is extremely unhappy with a statement released by foreign ministers from the Group of Seven major countries, including Japan, criticizing China for using military intimidation around Taiwan.

Protesting U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan on Tuesday, China conducted large-scale military drills around the self-ruled island.

The G-7 foreign ministers denounced the Chinese move as heightening tensions in the region and causing instability there.

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