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Beijing readies new political document for China-Japan ties

'Fifth Communique' marking four decades of peace in draft stage

Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of a peace and friendship treaty between China and Japan. Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to make his first official visit to Japan next year.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's leadership has begun drafting a new political document meant to guide diplomatic relations with Japan, Nikkei has learned. If negotiations with Tokyo proceed as planned, Beijing expects to sign an official communique marking four decades of peace between the two countries during President Xi Jinping's first official visit to Japan next year.

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