Abe to visit China:
Shinzo Abe will pay the first visit to China by a Japanese prime minister since 2011 later this month, Beijing announced Friday, in the latest sign of warming ties between the rivals.
Abe will visit from Oct 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang.
The visit will “elevate our bilateral ties and put bilateral cooperation back on the right track,” Lu said at a regular press briefing. “We hope to have open, frank discussions on not only JapanChina relations but also regional and international situations, including the North Korean issue,” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters in Tokyo.