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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)
Tokyo, 21 August: Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Monday in his policy plans that he would seek to improve ties with China if elected as prime minister in September.
Aso formally announced his bid to run for presidency of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to succeed Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi earlier in the day.
Japan should seek stability in relations with Asian countries while upholding its alliance with the United States as a cornerstone in diplomacy, Aso told a press conference in …