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Monday, October 12, 2015, 17:24

China's top diplomat to visit Japan

By Agencies

BEIJING - Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Head of the Japanese National Security Council Yachi Shotaro will co-chair the second China-Japan high-level political dialogue, slated for Tuesday to Wednesday in Tokyo.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced at aregular press briefing that Yang had been invited by Yachi.

The first high-level political dialogue was held in July this year in Beijing.

Hua said the two sides would talk about bilateral and international issues and ways to "manage and control disputes".

Last month China said that it had arrested two Japanese for spying.

Japanese media said over the weekend that two others had also been detained, one a Japanese woman who had been held in Shanghai since June and the other a Japanese national in Beijing.

Hua would not directly comment on those reports.

"As far as I understand, relevant Chinese departments are investigating the relevant cases in accordance with the law. The relevant situation has been passed on to the Japanese side," she said at a daily news briefing.

A Japanese foreign ministry spokesman declined to comment.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has overseen a tightening of already strict security laws and regulations, including setting up a new national security commission and renaming the national security law, which took effect in 1993, as the Counterespionage Law.

Sino-Japanese relations, coloured by Japan's occupation of parts of China before and during World War Two, have thawed since Abe met Xi twice since last November.

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