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Li Keqiang Meets with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

On the afternoon of November 13, 2017 local time, Premier Li Keqiang met at the hotel where he stayed in Manila with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

Li Keqiang expressed that the current China-Japan relations have shown some positive changes, but sensitive factors still exist. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations, and next year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. It is hoped that Japan could act in the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking into the future, meet China halfway, promote bilateral relations to overcome difficulties and challenges, and keep up the momentum for improvement in China-Japan relations, so as to achieve new development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and Japan, as close neighbors and the world's important economies, should tap their complementary advantages and enhance economic cooperation, which is of positive significance to the economic development of East Asia and the global economic recovery. The two countries should take the opportunity of each other's development, focus on general situation, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in economy, trade and investment, discuss cooperation in the third-party market, and jointly promote the negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and free trade area agreement among China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK). Both sides should strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and advance enterprise-to-enterprise and youth-to-youth exchanges in particular, in a bid to create an environment for the stable and positive development of China-Japan relations.

Shinzo Abe said China and Japan, as the world's second and third largest economies, have the responsibility for promoting world peace and development. Currently bilateral relations have shown signs of improvement, and next year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Japan is willing to, based on the concept of building bilateral strategic relationship for mutual benefit, insist on treating each other as cooperation partners instead of threats, strengthen bilateral high-level exchanges, and consolidate the momentum for improvement of bilateral relations. The economic development of Japan and China brings opportunities to each other. Both sides enjoy high economic complementarity. It is hoped that the two countries will enhance economic dialogues, explore opportunities in connectivity construction within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, expand cooperation in finance, environmental protection and energy conservation, carry out cooperation in the third-party market, and promote high-quality cooperation among Japan, China and the ROK as well as a high-quality process of RCEP negotiations. Japan and China should increase exchanges in culture and between youths, and support each other in well hosting the Olympic Games, so as to further expand mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation.

Both sides also exchanged views on regional issues of common concern.

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