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China eager to show return to normalcy with Xi's Japan visit

Beijing sends top diplomat to Tokyo to stress coronavirus is under control

Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to show progress in the fight against coronavirus by carrying out his planned trip to Japan.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The dispatch of Beijing's foreign policy chief to Japan -- and its adherence to its diplomatic schedule -- appears to be an attempt by China to show that the country will soon overcome the new coronavirus outbreak and resume normal economic activity.

Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday in Tokyo as part of a two-day visit. The meeting comes ahead of the planned state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, which is slated for April.

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