Japan's foreign minister says China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi will likely visit Japan starting on Friday. Toshimitsu Motegi suggested that Yang will discuss President Xi Jinping's visit to Japan scheduled for April.
Motegi was speaking to his ruling party colleagues on Thursday about his phone talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the previous night.
Motegi said China is making all-out efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. He said Xi's visit must achieve good results, and that the ministers agreed to keep positive communication between the two sides.
Motegi went on to say that Yang, a member of the Chinese Communist Party Political Bureau, will likely arrive on Friday.
Motegi said he hopes to discuss with him in detail what is needed to prepare for Xi's visit.
Arrangements are being made for Yang to meet with Motegi and Shigeru Kitamura, the chief of the National Security Secretariat, during his two-day visit.