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China postpones private exchange programmes with Japan
Publication Date : 10-01-2014
China has postponed its private sectors’ exchange programmes with Japanese counterparts scheduled this month, the government’s top spokesperson said Thursday.
The postponement was made upon China’s request, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference. Asked about influence of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuhi Shrine, Suga said, “China is an important neighbouring country. It’s regrettable if they [private sectors’ exchange programmes] had been put off in relation to Yasukuni visit.”
According to the Foreign Ministry, Chinese delegations of young reporters, middle school students and young executives from agricultural areas, have put off their visits to Japan. China’s requests were informed to the government Tuesday and Wednesday through the organizations, including Japanese Embassy in Beijing. A Chinese source explained the reason, saying “We’d like to readjust our schedule because of internal circumstances.”