China has decided not to send its finance chiefs to the meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Tokyo amid growing tensions over a group of disputed islets, Japanese media reported Wednesday.
Chinese Finance Minister Xie Xuren and People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan will skip the annual meetings of the international lender, the Kyodo News reported, citing an unnamed Chinese government official.
The week-long event is held in Tokyo amid bickering between Asia's two biggest economic powers, dpa reported.
Japan's purchase in mid-September of three of the disputed islets in the East China Sea from a private owner triggered anti-Japan protests in many Chinese cities.
The Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands are also claimed by Taiwan and China, where they are known as Tiaoyutai and Diaoyu, respectively.