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Foreign minister Kono to visit China in November

  • September 28, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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Foreign Minister Taro Kono has begun coordinating with Beijing regarding his visit to China to meet with his counterpart Wang Yi some time in November, a government source disclosed on Sept. 27.


As the two governments are currently in the middle of improving bilateral relations, Tokyo intends to make Kono’s visit an opportunity for eventually realizing a trilateral summit among Japan, China and South Korea to be held for the first time in Tokyo and aims to connect the visit with starting mutual state visits by national leaders between Japan and China.


On Sept. 21, Kono and Wang held talks in New York and agreed that the Japanese foreign minister will visit China soon. Sept. 29 will mark the 45th anniversary of Japan-China diplomatic normalization and the next year the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China, which the two governments regard as a good opportunity for improving bilateral relations.


Bearing in mind the quinquennial National Congress of the Communist Party of China is slated for October, Tokyo aims to have Kono visit China when Beijing is prepared for the visit. If realized, Kono will ask China’s cooperation in putting pressure on North Korea concerning the issue of its nuclear and missile development and discuss mutual state visits by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping.


If Kono can visit China, it would be for the first time in one and half years since former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Kono’s predecessor, visited China in April 2016. The Japanese government is also coordinating with Russia for Kono’s visit to Moscow in November.

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