US Vice-President Al Gore will pay a visit to Jiang Zemin during his brief stay in Osaka for the APEC summit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Guo Chongli said yesterday. Mr Gore, who is due to arrive in Osaka this evening, is expected to pay a private visit to the Chinese President tomorrow. He is also scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama tomorrow. But the spokesman stressed that the meeting between Mr Gore and Mr Jiang was not a formal one and the discussions would be short. US President Bill Clinton was originally scheduled to hold a second mini-summit with Mr Jiang in Osaka but cancelled the trip because of the row with the Republican Congress over the federal budget. According to US officials, Mr Gore will also meet leaders from Japan, South Korea and Thailand tomorrow before he returns to the US. Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen met US Secretary of State Warren Christopher last Thursday but failed to score any significant breakthrough in relations, although both stressed that Sino-US ties were moving in the right direction. Mr Christopher acknowledged that there were moves by China towards a ban on nuclear testing. Earlier yesterday, Mr Qian had a half-hour meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono and reportedly said that China had been participating 'very actively' in talks on a proposal for concluding a comprehensive test ban treaty next year. Another Chinese Foreign Ministry official said that Mr Qian's discussion with his Japanese counterpart focused on Japan's economic aid to China. Japan has offered overseas development assistance to China in the form of grants and long-term yen loans, but has cut them back in protest at Beijing's nuclear tests. A Japanese Foreign Affairs spokesman quoted Mr Kono as saying that whether Japan would continue to give aid to China depended on Japanese public opinion. 'Japan supports the economic reform of China and will give economic assistance to China, but the support of Japanese people for the Government to do so is very important,' said the spokesman. Mr Qian has urged the Japanese Government to display leadership in acknowledging Japan's wartime aggression. He was apparently referring to recent remarks by Mr Murayama and Cabinet minister Takami Eto, who quit as director-general of the Management and Co-ordination Agency after saying that Japan did some 'good things' during its 1910-1945 colonial rule of Korea.