Xi Ready To Make State Visit To Japan Next Spring

Xi ready to make state visit to Japan next spring

The leaders of Japan and China discussed an upcoming state visit Thursday, as the pair met in Osaka. President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Japan next year as a state guest.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, "We'd like to welcome you to Japan as a state guest next year around the time cherry blossoms are in bloom and elevate Japan-china relations to a higher level."

President Xi said, "I appreciate your heartfelt invitation. It's a good idea for me to visit Japan as a state guest next spring."

Xi told Abe he hopes this week's summit will see G20 leaders send a clear message to the world about their commitment to multilateralism and free trade.

The meeting came after Xi's visit to North Korea last week, where he held talks with the country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

Abe and Xi are likely to have discussed North Korea's denuclearization, as well as the abduction of Japanese nationals by that country decades ago.

Abe was also expected to take up China's increasing maritime activities in the East China Sea.