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Xi's Japan visit not at planning stage yet, says new envoy to China

Tokyo's ambassador Tarumi cautious toward Beijing joining TPP

Hideo Tarumi, Japan's new ambassador to China, holds a news conference in Beijing on Dec. 11.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- Tokyo's new ambassador to Beijing said on Friday that the two sides have yet to reach the point of setting a date for Chinese President Xi Jinping's long-postponed visit to Japan.

"We are not at the stage of discussing a concrete schedule," Hideo Tarumi said here during his first news briefing since taking the post last month.

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