Thursday, 20th May 2010
In Events In Japan,
Chinese PM to visit Japan
The prime minister of China, Wen Jiabao, is set to visit Japan at the end of this month, it has been announced.
According to news agency AFP, the Japanese foreign ministry said that Wen is to visit for three days from May 30th. The source noted that this trip is the highest-level official visit from Beijing for two years.
Prior to his visit to Japan, Wen is to attend a summit of Asian nations including Japan and South Korea, which will be held on the island of Jeji.
Wen will meet with Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama on May 31st before seeing Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko the following day.
According to local news source Kyodo, Wen is also due to stop off in Mongolia and Myanmar as part of his trip.
The last time such a high ranking Chinese leader visited Tokyo was back in May 2008, AFP noted, when president Hu Jintao went to Japan.
The two nations traditionally have frosty relations but in recent months, more dialogue between them has been seen.
Written by Mark Smith.
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