The Daily Manila Shimbun


Tokyo proposes reciprocal visits by Japan, China leaders in 2018

June 7, 2017

Tokyo-Japan proposed realizing reciprocal visits by the top Japanese and Chinese leaders in 2018, during last week's Japan visit by Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who supervises the country's diplomacy, Japanese government sources said Tuesday.
The Chinese side has sounded positive about the proposal, which is intended to help improve the two nations' soured relations, the sources said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may visit China in 2018 as Beijing is set to serve as chair of a trilateral summit among the two countries plus South Korea in the year. The Japanese government is considering asking Chinese President Xi Jinping to make a visit to Japan in the second half of next year, according to the sources.
Such same-year reciprocal visits by a Japanese prime minister and a Chinese president last took place in 2008. No Chinese president has paid a visit to Japan since 2012, when Japan nationalized some of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by China.
During his Japan visit last week, Yang had separate meetings with Abe, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Shotaro Yachi, head of the secretariat of the Japanese government's National Security Council. (Jiji Press)