BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- An official from
China's Foreign Ministry said here Wednesday that it is "impossible" for Chinese
and Japanese leaders to hold bilateral meeting in the December summits in Kuala
Lumpur due to current chilled relations between the two Asian neighbors.
Cui Tiankai, director of the ministry's Asian
Department, said the relations between China and Japan are in difficulties
because the Japanese leader stubbornly persists in paying pilgrimage to the
Yasukuni Shrine, which honors the convicted class-A World War II criminals along
with others died in war.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the
shrine in October, the fifth since he took office in April 2001, which angers
China and the Republic of Korea (ROK).
The shrine visit "has severely damaged the feelings
of the Chinese and other Asian peoples," said Cui at a news briefing on Chinese
Premier Wen Jiabao's upcoming visit to Malaysia to attend the ninth Summit
between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ninth
ASEAN plus China, Japan and the ROK Summit and the First East Asian Summit.
"Under such circumstances, the Japanese side wishes
everything proceeds normally as if nothing has happened. That is impossible,"
Cui said the trilateral meeting among China, Japan
and ROK could be decided through consultations of the three parties, but the
bilateral meeting between Chinese and Japanese leaders is "impossible."
"The Japanese side should bear full responsibility
for the difficulties China and Japan are facing in their relations," he added.