China’s Foreign Minister Wang to meet Japan’s PM Suga next week

  • Japan
  • Saturday, 21 Nov 2020

In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi for a photo prior to a meeting in Tokyo. Motegi has announced that his Chinese counterpart Wang will visit Tokyo next week as the two Asian powers discuss ways to resume bilateral visits to revive their pandemic-hit economies and other regional issues. - AP

TOKYO/BEIJING, Nov 21 (dpa): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Japan for two days next week to meet his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese government has announced.

On Tuesday, Motegi and Wang, the first high-ranking Chinese official to visit Japan since top diplomat Yang Jiechi in February, will discuss the coronavirus pandemic, regional issues and the possible resumption of reciprocal business travel after flights were halted due earlier this year, according to the Japanese minister.

The pandemic forced the two countries to postpone Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Tokyo in April.

Xi was supposed to be the first Chinese President to visit Japan as a state guest since Hu Jintao did so in 2008.

Motegi is likely to urge Wang to stop letting Chinese coastguard vessels approach the Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea, which has been a source of diplomatic tensions.

The Senkaku Islands are also claimed by China and Taiwan, where they are known as Diaoyu and Tiaoyutai respectively.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government also announced that Wang Yi will also on Wednesday (Nov 26) at the invitation Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the announcement Friday (Nov 20) in Beijing. - Xinhua
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