Seko may visit China this month

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Trade minister Hiroshige Seko is planning a visit to China late this month or early April, just after the end of an annual session of the National People’s Congress of China, it was learned Tuesday.

The visit is aimed at preparing for a summit among Japan, China and South Korea being arranged for the first half of May in Tokyo, informed sources said.

If U.S. President Donald Trump starts imposing steel and aluminum tariffs, the matter is also likely to be discussed during Seko’s stay in China.

China is expected to reelect President Xi Jinping and adopt a proposal to revise the Constitution to abolish presidential term limits, which are currently set at two terms totaling 10 years, during the congressional session that opened Sunday and will run through March 20. The constitutional revision will allow Xi to become a longtime ruler.

Seko may become the first Cabinet minister from a major economy to visit China after the launch of the country’s new regime.

Regarding the import tariff plan of the Trump administration, Chinese parliamentary spokesman Zhang Yesui said that China does not want to have a trade war with the United States but will never sit idly by and see erosion of its interests.Speech

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