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Abe to meet Xi Oct. 26, marking 1st Japanese PM visit in 7 years

Beijing hopes to 'deepen trade cooperation,' as Washington watches on

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 Summit in Hangzhou in September 2016.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Oct. 26 in Beijing, the countries announced Friday, marking the 40th year of their Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

This will be the first trip by a sitting Japanese prime minister to China, apart from multinational summits, since Nobuhiko Noda's in 2011.

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