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Japan after Abe

China to gauge Suga's stance with Wang Yi visit to Japan

Foreign minister's trip will follow that of US counterpart Pompeo in October

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, talks with Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi during a Group of 20 meeting in Japan in November 2019.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Beijing looks to have an early assessment of the new Japanese leader's China policy by sending its foreign minister next month.

The two governments are in talks for Wang Yi, a fluent Japanese speaker and former ambassador to Tokyo, to visit Japan and meet his counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi. Wang is likely to meet Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during the trip as well, making it the first face-to-face interaction between senior officials of the neighboring countries since the Suga administration entered office this month.

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