Noda spoke to Chinese Premier Wen Jinbao by phone on Sept. 6 and promised he would visit China at the soonest possible opportunity that was mutually convenient for both countries.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters at a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 7 that “September is physically impossible” for the prime minister to travel to China.
Noda’s talks with Hu are likely to focus on discussing ways to celebrate next year’s 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations and to devise marine risk management mechanisms.
Noda’s plans are likely to follow on from those originally held by his predecessor, Naoto Kan, who had intended to visit Beijing around Oct. 10 in conjunction with China celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Revolution of 1911.
Japan and China have an agreement to exchange visits between heads of government annually. This year it is the Japanese prime minister’s turn to visit China.