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China's foreign minister meets Japan's vice foreign minister

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign minister met Japan's top diplomat on Tuesday and discussed problems clouding relations between the two countries as a state-run newspaper said Beijing has ruled out the possibility of a proposed bilateral summit. Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin met Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

China foreign minister calls for dialogue amid North Korea crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday called for peace, dialogue and denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported. Wang made the comments during a meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry arrived in China on Saturday from South Korea, where he called on Beijing to do more to rein in its ally which has threatened thermonuclear war on the United States and South Korea.

China approves Japan expert as new foreign minister

China's parliament on Saturday approved Wang Yi, a former ambassador to Japan, as the country's new foreign minister with tensions high between the two Asian giants over disputed islands. Wang, 59, served as ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2007 and was also a diplomat in China's embassy in Tokyo from 1989 to 1994. He reportedly speaks Japanese. The change comes as China and Japan face off in the East China Sea over a chain of uninhabited islands claimed by both countries.

Wang nominated as China foreign minister: parliament

China's parliament on Saturday announced Wang Yi, a former ambassador to Japan and currently in charge of Taiwan affairs, had been nominated as the country's new foreign minister. Wang replaces Yang Jiechi, who has served since 2007. Yang was nominated to the State Council, according to an announcement by the National People's Congress, China's rubberstamp parliament. The changes are part of a broad revamp of personnel as China concludes a once-a-decade leadership transition that saw Communist party chief Xi Jinping elected the president on Thursday.

Wang Yi named China's foreign minister: parliament kgo/lm

UPDATE 2-China likely to appoint expert on N.Korea, Japan as foreign minister

(Adds U.S. analyst, paragraphs 16-18) By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING, Feb 27 (Reuters) - China is likely to appoint an expert on Japan and North Korea as its next foreign minister, three independent sources said, in a measure of Beijing's resolve to improve difficult relationships with two of its closest neighbours.

Expert on Japan, N.Korea likely to be new China foreign minister-sources

BEIJING, Feb 27 (Reuters) - China is likely to appoint an expert on Japan and North Korea as its next foreign minister, three independent sources said, in a measure of Beijing's resolve to tackle thorny ties with two of its closest neighbours. Barring last minute changes, Wang Yi, 59, China's ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2007, is likely to be appointed foreign minister during the annual full session of parliament next month, the sources said. (Reporting by Benjamin Kang Lim and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)
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