Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi are set to visit Japan and South Korea, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hosts the fifth “1+6” Roundtable via videoconference and the 17th China-ASEAN Expo.

Wang Yi’s Visit to Japan, ROK

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) from November 24 to 27 at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi and ROK counterpart Kang Kyung-Wha, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Wang will be the highest-ranking official from Beijing to visit Japan since China’s senior diplomat Yang Jiechi visited Tokyo in late February, and the second senior diplomat to travel to South Korea since the coronavirus emerged after Yang visited the southern port city of Busan in August.

According to the foreign ministry, Wang will hold talks with Motegi and meet with other Japanese politicians for further cooperation on regional affairs during his visit to Japan. A meeting between Wang and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is also expected to be held, said Japan’s Kyodo News citing sources familiar with this matter.

While for Wang’s visit to ROK, the two ministers will discuss bilateral and regional issues, including the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the coronavirus pandemic, said the ROK Foreign Ministry in a statement.

China-ASEAN Expo

The 17th China-ASEAN Expo will be held from November 27 to 30 in China’s Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to facilitate the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), according to the expo’s secretariat.

The expo, including a “Belt & Road” exhibition area, will also host a series of investment and trade promotion activities and high-level dialogues to “promote the greater participation of RCEP members in the construction of the Belt & Road,” said Wang Lei, secretary-general of the secretariat.

According to Wang, enterprises from RCEP members, including Japan, ROK, Australia and New Zealand, will participate in the event.

Day by Day:

Monday: Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will visit Moscow and meet with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; EU development ministers meet via videoconference.

Tuesday: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hosts the fifth “1+6” Roundtable via videoconference; China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Japan and meets with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo (to November 25).

Wednesday: Wang Yi visits ROK for talks with his counterpart Kang Kyung-wha (to Nov. 27); Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visits Belarus (to November 26); International day for the elimination of violence against women.

Thursday: European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reydners speaks to European lawmakers on the new consumer agenda.

Friday: China-ASEAN Expo is held in China’s Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (to November 30).

Saturday: A peaceful day in politics.

Sunday: Ninth anniversary of attack on the British Embassy in Tehran due to UK sanctions on Iran; Brazilian municipal elections.