Japan Visit by Xi Should Produce "Sufficient Results": Abe

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday that "sufficient results" should be produced from a state visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping planned for early April.

While noting that there is no change in Xi's planned Japan visit at the moment, Abe told a news conference that Japan and China will "keep in close contact (on the presidential visit) in light of the need for achieving sufficient results."

Abe apparently indicated a view that there could be a possibility of Xi's visit being postponed depending on the extent of the impact the outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus would have.

The Japanese government has so far reiterated that it will steadily make preparations for Xi's visit.

At a meeting in Tokyo on Friday with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China and the country's top foreign policy chief, Abe said that detailed preparations need to be made to welcome Xi as a state guest.

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