Japanese Cabinet ministers to make 1st visit to China under Abe gov't

Two Cabinet ministers in charge of science and technology will make a two-day visit to China from Wednesday to attend an international meeting, the government said Tuesday.

With Tokyo and Beijing involved in a territorial row over islands in the East China Sea, it will be the first visit to China by state ministers since the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was launched last December.

Hakubun Shimomura in charge of education, culture, sports, science and technology, and Ichita Yamamoto in charge of science and technology policy will take part in the annual "Summer Davos" meeting organized by the World Economic Forum in Dalian, Liaoning Province.

The two ministers plan to explain the economic policy of the Abe government and progress on reconstruction following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a Foreign Ministry official said.

The ministers have been invited by the host of the gathering and are not scheduled to meet with ranking officials of the Chinese government, according to the science ministry.