Abe, China's Wang Agree to Pave Way for Xi Visit to Japan

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan agreed Wednesday to boost efforts for improving the bilateral relationship and realizing a planned visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping next spring.

In a 20-minute meeting with Wang at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Abe called for a peaceful solution to violent antigovernment protests in Hong Kong through self-restraint and dialogue among the parties concerned.

"It is important that a free and open Hong Kong will prosper under the 'one country, two systems' model," Abe said.

Wang, a close aide to Xi and a former member of the Communist Party of China's top-level politburo standing committee, attended Tuesday's "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" enthronement proclamation ceremony for Japanese Emperor Naruhito.

In the meeting, Abe sought positive responses from China over its import regulations on Japanese food that were introduced after the March 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

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