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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan

On April 15, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid an official visit to Japan and held talks with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan.

Wang Yi expressed that China-Japan relations have showed the momentum of improvement, and there also exist some complex and sensitive factors at the same time. The visit to Japan upon invitation this time is the response of the active policies Japan has adopted towards China for a period of time, which is hoped to be an important step for bilateral relations returning to the normal track as well as to create conditions and make preparations for the high-level contacts in the next stage between the two countries. Wang Yi said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, the 20th anniversary of the publication of China-Japan Joint Declaration and the 10th anniversary of the publication of China-Japan Joint Statement on All-round Promotion of Strategic Relationship of Mutual Benefit. Both sides should remain true to original aspiration, consolidate foundation, take history as a mirror and jointly create the future, so as to push bilateral relations for the long-term and steady development in the right direction. The improvement of bilateral relations faces not only new opportunities, but also new challenges. Both sides should follow the spirit of the principles of the four political documents between the two countries, treat history correctly, stick to the one-China principle, and implement the consensus of regarding each other as cooperative partners rather than threats to ensure that bilateral relations will no longer take the detour of ups and downs. Both sides should adapt to the new situation, promote the realization of improvement and upgrading of China-Japan mutually beneficial cooperation at a new starting point, and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with the focus on such fields as energy conservation and environmental protection, scientific and technological innovation, high-end manufacturing, finance, sharing economy, healthcare and elderly care. Both sides should carry out more extensive people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and continuously cement the foundation of non-governmental friendship between the two countries. Both sides should jointly push forward the process of regional economic integration, and promote trilateral cooperation among China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to inject fresh impetus into economic cooperation in East Asia. Both sides should safeguard economic globalization and free trade system, and jointly devote to building a community with a shared future for Asia and mankind. China welcomes and is glad to discuss Japan's participation in the joint building of the "Belt and Road" to make it a new growth point for bilateral cooperation.

Taro Kono expressed that the visit of State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Japan this time is a significant mark of the improvement of Japan-China relations. The Japanese side hopes to seize the current opportunity to push forward bilateral relations for constant and forward-looking development. Japan eagerly expects and welcomes Premier Li Keqiang to attend the trilateral leaders' meeting of Japan, China and the ROK in Japan and his official visit to the country. Japan will adhere to the principles set by the four political documents between the two countries, and stick to the path of peaceful development and the policy of exclusive defense, which will remain unchanged. Japan pays high attention to Japan-China relations, and stands ready to take the 40th anniversary of the signing of Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship as an opportunity to implement the consensus of regarding each other as cooperative partners rather than threats, intensify high-level exchanges, increase political mutual trust, expand practical cooperation, and enhance international cooperation. Japan is willing to safeguard the global free trade system based on the rules of the World Trade Organization, and safeguard the growth momentum of the current world economy, so as to promote the further development of regional economic cooperation.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern including the situation of the Korean Peninsula.

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