China has announced that Vice President Xi Jinping will visit Japan from next Monday through Wednesday.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a news conference in Beijing on Thursday that Xi will meet Japanese government leaders and officials of the ruling and opposition parties during his 3-day visit.
Jiang stressed the significance of Xi's trip, because it will be the first by a Chinese leader since Japan's new government took office.
Xi is highly likely to assume China's top post, the general secretary of the Communist Party in 2012, succeeding Hu Jintao at that year's party congress.
China has promoted high-level exchanges with Japan since the government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama took office in September.
The nation appears to be trying to increase bilateral trust between the leadership of the two countries, and improve grassroots sentiment in Japan toward China.