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Kono eyes meeting with Li: Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono is heading to Beijing this weekend, on his first visit to China since taking office. He hopes to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in the course of the 2-day trip.

The Foreign Ministry announced the trip on Thursday. It will be the first visit to China by a Japanese foreign minister since April 2016.

While in Beijing, Kono will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

Tokyo wants to hold a trilateral summit with Chinese and South Korean leaders in Japan as early as the spring.

Kono wants to talk with Premier Li with a view to achieving that plan.

He reportedly hopes to lay the groundwork for further improvements in bilateral ties, which he believes will result in reciprocal visits by the leaders of the 2 countries.

Kono is likely to seek Beijing’s help in stopping North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs. Read more

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Kono eyes meeting with Li: Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono is heading to Beijing this weekend, on his first visit to China since taking office. He hopes to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in the course of the 2-day trip.

The Foreign Ministry announced the trip on Thursday. It will be the first visit to China by a Japanese foreign minister since April 2016.

While in Beijing, Kono will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

Tokyo wants to hold a trilateral summit with Chinese and South Korean leaders in Japan as early as the spring.

Kono wants to talk with Premier Li with a view to achieving that plan.

He reportedly hopes to lay the groundwork for further improvements in bilateral ties, which he believes will result in reciprocal visits by the leaders of the 2 countries.

Kono is likely to seek Beijing’s help in stopping North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs.