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China's Xi to visit Tokyo as planned: Japan foreign minister

Officials from two countries agree to team up more closely on coronavirus

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, right, meets with China's foreign policy chief, Yang Jiechi, in Tokyo on Feb. 28 ahead of a planned visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in April. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- There is no change in plans for Chinese President Xi Jinping to make a state visit to Japan, for the time being, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday amid speculation that the trip would be postponed due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Motegi made the comment after meeting with China's foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi in Tokyo. Yang is also slated to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his national security adviser, Shigeru Kitamura, later in the day.

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