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Japanese Foreign Minister Planning to Pay First Visit to China Since 2019 - Reports

© AP Photo / Alex Brandon / Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi YoshimasaJapanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa
Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.03.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi plans to pay a two-day visit to China starting on Saturday, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Tuesday, citing sources, adding that it could be the first visit of a Japanese foreign minister to China since December 2019.
Hayashi is expected to hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Qin Gang, the report noted. In addition, the parties will touch upon the issue of the detention of a Japanese businessman by Chinese law enforcement agencies earlier in March on suspicion of espionage, the report read.
Japanese and Chinese flags - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.02.2023
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