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China's Xi postpones state visit to Japan amid virus outbreak

Decision to delay April engagement follows weeks of speculation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shows seats for Chinese delegation to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the start of talks at a hotel, prior to the G20 Summit at the International Exhibition Center in Osaka, western Japan, June 27, 2019.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has postponed his visit to Japan in April, the Japanese government said Thursday, ending weeks of speculation over whether the trip would go ahead amid efforts to contain the coronavirus epidemic.

Xi would have been the first Chinese president received by Japan as a state guest in more than a decade and was due to have a meeting with Emperor Naruhito and hold a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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