The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Japan, China officials planning leaders summit


The Japanese and Chinese government­s are coordinati­ng e orts to hold a summit between Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping this month, several government sources have revealed.

If the planned meeting takes place, it is likely to be held on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia on Nov. 15-16 or the Asia-Paci c Economic Cooperatio­n summit in ailand on Nov. 18-19, which Kishida and Xi are scheduled to attend.

An in-person Japan-China summit has not been held since December 2019.

Kishida intends to a rm the importance of building “constructi­ve and stable Japan-China relations” with his counterpar­t, according to the sources.

Observers have noted an improvemen­t in the relationsh­ip between the countries since the two leaders exchanged congratula­tory telegrams on the 50th anniversar­y of the normalizat­ion of diplomatic relations in September.

However, a government source said there is a possibilit­y summit coordinati­on will continue until the last moment as, “China seems to want to see how Japan will respond.”

The Japanese and U.S. government­s are also coordinati­ng a summit meeting to take place during the internatio­nal conference­s in Southeast Asia. (Nov. 9)

 ?? ?? Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping
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Yomiuri Shimbun file photos

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