March 2, 2020 / 2:20 AM / a month ago

Chinese President Xi's Japan visit to be delayed - source

FILE PHOTO: China's President Xi Jinping speaks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, December 23, 2019. Noel Celis/Pool via REUTERS/File photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo and Beijing have agreed to delay Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan as the two countries battle the outbreak of the coronavirus, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

The visit had been originally planned for early April.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will officially announce the delay later this week, the person said, adding that a new schedule for Xi’s visit has not been decided.

Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto; Writing by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Tom Hogue

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