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Xi Jinping set to make first state visit to Japan in April

Mention of specific month comes with Abe security chief in Beijing

Kindergarteners wave national flags as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reviews the guard of honour with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a welcoming ceremony in Tokyo in May 2018.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Senior Chinese and Japanese officials discussed Friday a visit to Japan by China's President Xi Jinping in April, marking the first mention of a specific month for the high-profile trip.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan met with Shigeru Kitamura, Japan's new national security chief, in Beijing's Zhongnanhai government district.

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