March 5, 2020 / 7:38 AM / a month ago

Chinese President Xi's Japan visit delayed due to coronavirus

Chinese President Xi jinping speaks during a meeting with Tedros Adhanom, director general of the World Health Organization, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, January 28, 2020. Naohiko Hatta/Pool via REUTERS/Files

TOKYO (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan has been postponed because both countries have agreed to prioritise the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Thursday.

The Asian neighbours agreed the visit would take place at a better time and that a new itinerary would be arranged, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

Suga said the delay in Xi’s visit, which had been originally planned for early April, would not affect Japan-China relations.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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