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Senior U.S. envoy to visit Japan, S. Korea, China next week: State Department

Xinhua, September 30, 2015 Adjust font size:

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Japan, South Korea and China in an East Asia tour next week, the State Department said Tuesday.

During the Oct. 5-10 tour, his second over the last nine months, Blinken will discuss key political, economic, and security issues with a wide range of government officials and non-governmental experts, the State Department said in a press release.

Blinken will first travel to Japan on Oct. 5, to meet with senior government officials in Tokyo "to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan alliance and discuss a wide range of shared interests."

While in Tokyo, he will also meet with business leaders, students, young innovators and entrepreneurs to highlight the importance of innovation to the two countries, the release said.

Then Blinken will travel to Seoul on Oct. 6-7 to meet with government officials "to discuss the strong U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance and cooperation on bilateral and global issues, including on the new frontiers of cyberspace, health, environment, and space."

On Oct. 7, he will give remarks on the U.S.-South Korea alliance ahead of President Park Geun-hye's visit to Washington on Oct. 16.

On Oct. 8, Blinken will travel to Beijing to meet with Chinese government officials following on Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the U.S. last week.

The senior U.S. diplomat "will discuss next steps in U.S.-China engagement and areas for cooperation on global challenges, as well as exchange views on bilateral and regional issues," the release said.

His final stop will be in Shanghai on Oct. 9 to meet with the government officials, financial experts, entrepreneurs, and U.S. government exchange program alumni to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. Endit