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Ex-Japan Premier Fukuda May Have Met Xi on China Trip, Jiji Says

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda may have met Chinese President Xi Jinping on a secret visit to China, Jiji reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the trip.

Fukuda and Xi are believed to have explored the possibility of arranging a summit meeting between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the news agency said yesterday, citing the people. Both Chinese and Japanese sides tried to prevent Fukuda’s July 27 visit and the possible meeting being made public, according to Jiji.