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Tokyo proposes reciprocal Abe-Xi visits in 2018

Nations' leaders haven't visited each other in same year since 2008

TOKYO -- A Japanese proposal to China revealed on Tuesday would see Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping pay each other visits next year.

Tokyo suggested the reciprocal visits in late May, when Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi was in Japan, according to Japanese government sources. China, the sources said, has signaled a positive attitude toward mending the bilateral relationship.

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