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Japan to host Xi as state guest in early 2020

Beijing's new envoy says talks in progress for first such visit by Chinese leader in 12 years

Japanese President Shinzo Abe, left, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016 during the Group of 20 summit in China's Zhejiang Province.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Talks are underway for Chinese President Xi Jinping to make a state visit to Japan next spring, Beijing's new ambassador to the country told reporters Friday.

China "has received a request from the Japanese government for President Xi to visit Japan as a state guest at an appropriate time," said Kong Xuanyou in fluent Japanese at the Japan National Press Club.

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