BEIJING (AP) — China isn't extending any congratulations to Tokyo on winning its Olympic bid amid a bitter diplomatic feud over islands both claim.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei twice refused to say whether congratulations would be forthcoming when asked at a regular briefing Monday. Hong referred reporters to the Chinese Olympic Committee, where phones rang unanswered.
A staff member at the sports ministry's media office said she had no information and was also unable to reach Olympic Committee officials. Nor was any statement forthcoming from the government of Beijing, host of the 2008 summer games.
The Japanese capital's weekend selection to host in 2020 came just days before the first anniversary of the feud that erupted when Japan's government nationalized the islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by Beijing.
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