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Japan's foreign minister eyes China visit Saturday

Hayashi to seek release of Japanese national accused of spying

Japan's Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, right, meets with China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Sun Weidong in Tokyo on Feb. 22.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi is considering visiting China this weekend, Japanese government sources said Tuesday, as ties between the two nations remain tense over issues including Beijing's recent detention of a Japanese businessman and a territorial row.

If the planned trip to China for two days from Saturday is realized, it would be the first visit to the nation by a Japanese foreign minister since December 2019.

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