BEIJING (Kyodo) Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Saturday voiced hopes of developing “friendly, neighborly” relations with Tokyo as he outlined the importance of Sino-Japanese ties ahead of a three-day visit to Japan.

“We would like to further develop our friendly, neighborly cooperative ties,” Xi told a group of reporters in Beijing. Xi will leave for Japan on Monday on the first leg of a four-nation Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Cambodia and Myanmar, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

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