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Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou Visits Japan to Hold 15th China-Japan Security Dialogue

2017/10/31

On October 27, 2017, Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba of Japan co-chaired the 15th China-Japan Security Dialogue in Tokyo, Japan. Relevant personnel from the two Foreign Ministries and Defense Ministries attended the dialogue. Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou also met with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan on the same day.

During his meeting with Taro Kono, Kong Xuanyou expressed that China-Japan relations have witnessed increasingly positive interactions recently, while still facing complex factors in the meantime. Both sides should seize the opportunity of the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan this year and the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship in 2018 to effectively eliminate interruptions and consolidate the momentum of improvement of bilateral relations. Taro Kono congratulated on the successful convening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and said that Japan attaches great importance to its relations with China, and is willing to make joint efforts with China to push bilateral relations for improvement and development.

During the China-Japan Security Dialogue, the two sides exchanged views on international and regional security situation, security policies of both countries, exchanges and cooperation in national defense between the two countries and other topics. The Chinese side noted that China unswervingly follows the path of peaceful development, advocates common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable global security concept and will always be a contributor and a builder of world peace and stability. Expressing its concerns about Japan's series of moves in the field of military security in recent years, China hopes Japan will remain committed to peaceful development and play a constructive role in safeguarding regional peace and stability. The Japanese side introduced its defense and security policy and expressed that Japan will continue pursuing the path of a peaceful country and stick to the exclusively defense-oriented policy as well as the three non-nuclear principles. The two sides agreed to continue to conduct dialogue and strengthen risk management so as to play an active role in improving bilateral relations.

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