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Chinese intelligence chief made secret trip to Japan in October 

  • December 23, 2018
  • , Yomiuri
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Sunday’s Yomiuri front-paged the finding that China’s Minister of State Security Chen Wenqing made a secret visit to Japan for several days from late October through early November to exchange views with Japanese diplomats and intelligence officials on North Korea and international terrorism in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. The article noted that it is rare for China’s top intelligence official to visit Japan, claiming that the trip signifies steady improvement in relations between Tokyo and Beijing. The daily added that China appears eager to deepen intelligence cooperation with Japan perhaps in a bid to keep the Trump administration’s hardline stance toward it in check.

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