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LDP, Komeito secretaries general to visit China to exchange views on North Korea situation

  • December 5, 2017
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The secretaries general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito will visit China in late December for the “Japan-China ruling parties’ exchange council,” a framework for party-to-party exchanges with the Communist Party of China (CPC). They will meet with senior officials of the Xi Jinping regime during their visit to exchange views on the North Korea situation and other issues.


A meeting of the exchange council was held in Japan in August to mark the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two countries. It was agreed then that another meeting will be held in China before the end of this year.


As a result of coordination between the two sides, the exchange council meeting has been set for late December, so LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai and his Komeito counterpart Yoshihisa Inoue will travel to China on Dec. 24, returning on Dec. 29.


During their visit, Nikai and Inoue will meet in Fujian Province with Song Tao, head of the CPC International Liaison Department responsible for the party’s international exchanges who visited North Korea recently. They will move on to Beijing to meet with senior officials of the Xi Jinping leadership to exchange views on the North Korea situation, improvement of bilateral relations, and other matters.


Nikai stated during a news conference: “We will cooperate with China to make all possible efforts to deal with North Korea’s outrageous actions and to eliminate the relevant nations’ concerns on this issue.” He intends to work for closer cooperation with China for a solution to the North Korea issue and to realize mutual visits by the top leaders of both countries.

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