Japan's finance ministry said Friday that China has cancelled a top annual finance meeting with Japan and South Korea, as diplomatic tensions between Tokyo and Beijing soar.
A Shinto priest (R) leads a group of Japanese lawmakers to offer prayers for the country's war dead at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on April 23, 2013. Public broadcaster NHK reported the cancellation by China of a finance meeting with Japan may have been stoked by the visit of nearly 170 Japanese lawmakers to the war shrine, seen as a potent symbol of Japan's imperialist past.
An official with the ministry told AFP that "China has informed us that the meeting won't be held" on the sidelines of an Asian Development Bank meeting in Delhi next month.
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