Chinese Foreign Chief Sounds Positive about Xi Japan Visit

Politics

Beijing, March 8 (Jiji Press)--Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday took a positive stance on a possible visit to Japan by President Xi Jinping in June.

At a press conference on the sidelines of an annual meeting of the National People's Congress, Wang said that the bilateral relationship is entering a steady development phase, naturally allowing high-level exchanges between the two Asian neighbors to proceed smoothly.

Tokyo expects Xi to pay his first visit to Japan as China's leader in June, on the occasion of a Group of 20 summit in the western city of Osaka. To pave the way for the anticipated trip, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono hopes to travel to China in April and arrangements are under way.

Wang stressed his eagerness to strengthen ties between Japan and China, saying the potential for bilateral cooperation is growing.

The Japan-China relationship has been improving recently, in the shadow of U.S.-China trade friction.

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