Japan MOF: China's finmin skips gathering in Japan due to emergency meeting

YOKOHAMA, Japan, May 5 (Reuters) - A Japan finance ministry official said China's Finance Minister Xiao Jie skipped Friday's meetings with his Japanese and Asian counterparts due to an emergency meeting in his country and that his absence had nothing to do with diplomatic matters.

"I don't think it's rude," the Japanese official told reporters, adding that Xiao was expected to arrive in Japan later in the day and to attend the Japan-China finance dialogue scheduled for Saturday. (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)