Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will visit China on the week after next and meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.
Abe revealed his schedule at talks in Tokyo on Thursday with the head of the Chinese Communist Party's International Department, Song Tao.
Abe told Song that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the bilateral peace and friendship treaty, and that ties have been improving. Abe expressed hope for further improvement.
Song expressed sympathy for a series of recent natural disasters in Japan.
He said the international situation has become increasingly unstable and uncertain with serious and complex changes taking place.
Song said despite this, Japan-China relations are returning to a normal track. He welcomed the improvement in ties.