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Tokyo, Beijing to step up preparations for Xi’s Japan visit

16 Feb 2020
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) talks to China's President Xi Jinping (2nd L) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Dec. 23, 2019. (AFP)
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd R) talks to China's President Xi Jinping (2nd L) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Dec. 23, 2019. (AFP)
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (R), Tokyo, Nov. 25, 2019. (AFP)
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (R), Tokyo, Nov. 25, 2019. (AFP)
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Updated 16 Feb 2020
16 Feb 2020

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Saturday agreed to step up preparations for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan expected for early April.

However, Motegi and Wang did not discuss an expected trip to Japan by Chinese foreign policy head Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China, in February.

The two ministers met on the sidelines of the ongoing annual Munich Security Conference in the southern German city of Munich.

Wang conveyed to Motegi a very deep gratitude for Japanese assistance to China, hit hard by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, according to diplomatic sources.

 Motegi said Japan will continue its assistance. He also expressed thanks for Chinese support for Japanese operations to evacuate nationals and their families from Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak, aboard chartered flights.

In reply, Wang said the Chinese government will do all it can to ensure the safety and protect the health of Japanese nationals in China.

In a speech at a Munich Security Conference session the same day, Wang referred to Japan when expressing gratitude for assistance from around the world to his virus-hit country.

Japanese groups sent relief supplies with ancient Chinese poetic lines attached, conveying a “touching message” of empathy, he said.

JIJI Press

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