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Xi has first call with Suga; no mention of Japan visit

Japanese leader stresses importance of stable bilateral relationship

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga spoke by phone on Friday. (Source photos by Reuters and Karina Nooka)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Chinese President Xi Jinping did not discuss Xi's postponed state visit to Japan in their first telephone conference Friday evening, Suga told reporters.

The two leaders agreed to coordinate on a high level, including person-to-person, on both bilateral and international problems, according to Suga. Xi also congratulated him on becoming prime minister, the 71-year-old new leader said.

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