25 Dec '11, 1pm

Japan's PM heads to China amid N. Korea worries

BEIJING: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrived in Beijing Sunday on his first official visit to China focused on regional security following the death of North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il. Ties between the two regional powers have been dogged by economic and territorial disputes. Japan has repeatedly expressed concern over China's widening naval reach in the Pacific and what it calls the "opaqueness" of Beijing's military budget. But Kim's death has shifted the agenda to worries about nuclear-armed North Korea, where Kim's untested son Kim Jong-Un appears to be taking the reins of power in the isolated communist state. It has created a "new situation" in East Asia, Noda said as he met with Wen Jiabao, the prime minister of China, a country he said wields the "most influence" over Pyongyang. "On this issue it is very timely to exchange views with the host of the s...

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