He[Aso] criticized Beijing for attaching various conditions to holding talks with different parties
"They said they would not meet (with the prime minister) to resolve the issue, but I believe, in order to resolve the issue, leaders of the two nations have to meet," Aso said.
Another candidate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe, also criticized Hu's comments, calling them unacceptable.
"It is important to be able to frankly discuss whatever issues turn up, so it would be problematical if the leaders could not meet," Tanigaki said
"A comment like this will turn the Yasukuni visits into a political issue, and domestic public opinion will be such that it will be impossible for politicians to stop visiting Yasukuni," Kitashiro said.
"I am deeply disappointed by Hu's latest comment."(IHT/Asahi: April 5,2006)asahi