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Japanese PM in Beijing after seven years

Beijing. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Beijing Thursday afternoon for an official visit to China.

At the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Abe will visit China from Oct 25 to 27. It is the first official visit by a Japanese prime minister in seven years.

Experts believe Abe’s visit will be conducive to the improvement and development of bilateral ties as reported by China Daily.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Chinese leaders will meet and hold talks with Abe during his visit in China.

Since July last year, President Xi Jinping held multiple bilateral meetings with Abe on the sidelines of international meetings including the G20 Summit, the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and the Eastern Economic Forum, and they have maintained contact.

Premier Li Keqiang paid an official visit to Japan in May, which was the first by a Chinese premier in eight years and improved bilateral ties despite the twists and turns of the past.

Recent years have also witnessed increasing people-to-people exchanges between the two countries, with more than 10 million mutual visits exchanged in 2017.

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