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Chinese President Jiang Zemin will visit Japan from Sept. 6 to Sept. 11 as a state guest, Foreign Ministry officials announced Tuesday.

It will be the first visit by a Chinese president to Japan. Jiang visited Japan in 1992 as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. The visit will help strengthen relations between Japan and China, the officials said.

Jiang will meet with Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to discuss bilateral and international issues, they said. Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura visited China over the weekend to lay the groundwork for Jiang’s visit. In his meeting with Komura, Jiang urged Japan to contribute to the stability of the Asian economy by reviving Japan’s own economy.

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