Chinese Vice President Xi to visit Japan
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 19:37
Beijing: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will leave Monday for Japan on the first leg of a four-nation Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Cambodia and Myanmar, the Foreign Ministry said today.

Xi's trip to Japan will be especially significant as it is the first by a Chinese state leader under the government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news briefing.

"During his visit, Vice President Xi Jinping will meet with the Japanese government, Japan's ruling and main opposition parties and engage in broad interaction with all walks of society," Jiang said.

"We hope that this visit will further strengthen mutual political trust between China and Japan...and promote the advancement of strategic and reciprocal China-Japan ties," she said.

Xi will be in Japan from Monday to Wednesday before flying into Seoul, Jiang said.

Xi's visit follows a series of diplomatic exchanges between the two countries that analysts say signal a warming in fragile China-Japan ties under the Hatoyama government.


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 19:37

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