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China's top diplomat to visit Japan ahead of Xi's state trip

Coronavirus outbreak threatens to derail diplomatic calendar

Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi: Yang will visit Japan at the end of February.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China's top diplomat will travel to Tokyo this month to discuss whether Chinese President Xi Jinping will go ahead with a state visit to Japan as planned in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Yang Jiechi, state councilor and a member of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo, will meet with Japanese National Security Council head Shigeru Kitamura and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his visit from Feb. 28 to Feb. 29. Yang last went to Japan in June for the Group of 20 summit.

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