China finance chiefs to skip key IMF parley in Tokyo
China will not send its finance chiefs to the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Tokyo, a Chinese government official said Wednesday, in another indication of Beijing's anger over Japan's handling of a territorial row.
Chinese Finance Minister Xie Xuren and People's Bank of China Gov. Zhou Xiaochuan have decided not to attend the meetings of the Washington-based institutions, drawing top finance leaders from about 180 countries, which started Tuesday, according to the official.
It is rare for China, the world's second-largest economy, as well as any other country, not to send a ministerial-level representative to annual meetings of the institutions, which are normally held in the U.S. capital.