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China's Li Keqiang weighs formal Japan visit by summer

Thawing relations set stage for first tour by Chinese premier since 2011

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a Tuesday news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Tuesday that he will positively consider tacking on a formal visit if a trilateral summit in Japan with South Korea materializes as proposed in the first half of the year.

Li made the revelation while mentioning improving relations with Japan at a news conference after the close of the National People's Congress session. The Chinese premier also mentioned that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the peace and friendship treaty between the two countries, and said that mutual visits by leaders would help rapprochement efforts.

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