Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is skipping a Sept. 3 military parade in Beijing to mark the Japanese surrender in World War II.
Also, he has no plans to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping around that date.
Bloomberg is reporting that Abe decided to cancel on China’s commemoration because the Japanese parliament is debating his controversial legislation to expand the role of the military.
The story was earlier reported by Japanese broadcaster NHK without citing any source.
Abe had planned to travel to Beijing before or after the event to mark what China calls the “war of resistance against Japanese aggression”, according to the Yomiuri newspaper.
Japan’s aggression during World War II continues to overshadow ties with China, its biggest trading partner, and South Korea, 70 years after the conflict ended.
While tensions have eased in recent months, China still demands Japan do more to atone for its wartime legacy.
Abe’s decision not to visit Beijing also dashes any hopes of a meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Beijing.
NHK said Abe will seek meetings with Xi at international events such as next month’s United Nations General Assembly in the US.
More than 10 countries including Russia and Kazakhstan will send formations and representative teams to the parade.
Park will take part in a ceremony to commemorate the event but hasn’t yet decided whether to attend the parade.
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