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Japan's foreign minister says summit with China possible

Japan's foreign minister told the Nihon Keizai Shimbun on Friday that China will hold a summit meeting next month between Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping. said to be cooperating with

In an exclusive interview with a Japanese news agency, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the two countries planned to hold talks and strengthen relations in time for his 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He said he hopes it will improve. September.

Hayashi told Nikkei that "Japan is always open to dialogue," and called for bilateral efforts to build a constructive and stable relationship.

Press Kishida and Xi have not spoken to each other since the October 2021 phone call, according to the agency. The last time Mr. Xi met in person with a Japanese leader was in December 2019. China as a priority under his shift to what he calls a new era of "realist" diplomacy.

Japan's Foreign Minister said Tokyo and Beijing would negotiate details of the talks, including the format of the summit.

He said the meeting would most likely be held online in the coming months, but he said the meeting would not take place during the G20 summit in Indonesia in November. He said it could be held in a third country.

He indicated that talks in China or Japan were considered unlikely at this time. In light of this, he said there was political opposition in Japan to the idea of ​​Mr Kishida making an official visit to China.

In response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island. , Chinese military planes have crossed the Central Line of the Strait, the unofficial buffer zone separating Taiwan from the mainland, multiple times over the past few weeks. Five ballistic missiles were dropped in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

Mr. Lin condemned China's actions, but said, "Communication is important at times like this." He hoped that the Taiwan issue could be resolved peacefully through dialogue.

The director general of Japan's National Security Agency and Yang Jiechi, the head of China's foreign policy, held seven-hour talks in Tianjin, China, on Wednesday.

24} They confirmed that the two countries will continue to hold dialogue.The possibility of a summit is likely to reflect the progress made at this meeting.