October 26, 2018 / 1:27 PM / 23 days ago

Xi to 'seriously consider' Abe's invitation to visit: Japan spokesman

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks with China's President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China October 26, 2018. Nicolas Asfouri/Pool via REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will “seriously consider” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s invitation to visit Japan, a Japanese government spokesman told reporters in Beijing.

“We need to nail down a date now,” said Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura, following a summit between Abe and the Chinese president in China on Friday.

Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu; Writing by Ryan Woo; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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