Japanese, Chinese defense ministers have brief conversation

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan had a brief conversation Wednesday in Brunei at the dinner party ahead of a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other countries.

They stood talking for a couple of minutes, but the content of their conservation is unknown.

Onodera also had a brief exchange with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin at the dinner party.

Japan has strained ties with the two Asian neighbors.