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.
Japan plans to continue preparing for Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the country, even though one of China's key political events has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
China's decision to put off the annual National People's Congress has raised doubts about Xi's planned visit to Japan.
Japan's Foreign Ministry says the new head of the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit the country next week.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will visit Japan from Monday to Friday. This will be his first visit to Japan since he took office in December following the death of his predecessor Yukiya Amano from Japan.
Japan's defense minister urged Beijing to work toward improving the situation regarding China's increasing maritime activities ahead of President Xi Jinping's planned spring visit to Japan.
Taro Kono made the call Tuesday during a speech at Washington-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies.