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Japan to forgo inviting China's Xi as state guest in June

Trump trip and trade war throw cold water on Tokyo's schedule

Japan was hoping for a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in June, but logistical hurdles stand in the way.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will likely ditch plans to invite Chinese President Xi Jinping as a national guest in June out of consideration for U.S. President Donald Trump, a vocal critic of Beijing's trade practices who is scheduled to visit the month before.

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