German foreign minister leaves for Japan and China 2010-01-14 01:15:41   Print

    BERLIN, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was on his way to visit Japan and China for the next three days, the second multi-country trip as foreign minister, officials said Wednesday.

    A statement by the Foreign Ministry said that Westerwelle would meet Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and his counterpart Katsuya Okada in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday.

    On Friday and Saturday, he is scheduled to talk with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing.

    Bilateral relations, cooperations in combating climate change and other key global issues would be the main subjects for the talks, the statement said.

    Westerwelle were accompanied by a number of German parliamentarians and a business delegation, a foreign ministry spokesman said earlier.

    The German delegation would hold a meeting with representatives from the Japan Business Federation and is due to visit China's National Development and Reform Commission.

    Westerwelle, 48, just finished his first multi-country trip as foreign minister on Monday. During his nearly one-week Arabian peninsula tour, he went to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and made a surprise visit to Yemen.

Editor: yan
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