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China and Japan Hold the 9th Round of High-level Consultations on Maritime Affairs

2018/04/20

From April 19 to 20, 2018, the 9th Round of China-Japan High-level Consultations on Maritime Affairs was held in Sendai, Japan. Departments of China including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China Coast Guard and China Geological Survey, and departments of Japan including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cabinet Office, the Fisheries Agency, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Japan Coast Guard, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Defense respectively sent officials to attend.

The two sides held the plenary session of the consultation mechanism and the meetings of four working groups under the mechanism on politics and law, maritime defense, maritime law enforcement and security, and maritime economy, exchanging views on relevant issues concerning the East China Sea, and discussing ways of conducting maritime cooperation.

I. Both sides made further progress in establishing the air and sea liaison mechanism between the defense ministries of China and Japan and launching it at an early date, and agreed to speed up relevant preparatory work. Moreover, both sides agreed to continue strengthening communication between the two defense ministries to enhance mutual trust. Both sides also specifically discussed the exchange program in the future.

II. The Border Control Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security of China and the Japan Coast Guard agreed to, on the basis of the minutes the two sides have signed, continue carrying out cooperation in cross-border crime including preventing and combating smuggling, human smuggling and drug trafficking, and hold exchange of experts in due course.

III. China Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard agreed to continue strengthening cooperation and exchanges between maritime law enforcement agencies of the two countries.

IV. Both sides agreed to hold the second China-Japan Experts Dialogue Platform Meeting on Marine Debris Cooperation and the second China-Japan Marine Debris Seminar at the same time in the second half of 2018 in Japan, and decided to continue implementing joint investigation of marine debris in the autumn of 2018 to further advance collaborative research in such field.

V. Both sides welcomed the restart of "China-Japan Shipping Policy Forum" between the maritime transport departments of the two countries within this year, and agreed to continue strengthening maritime cooperation including ship safety inspection as well as the prevention and control of pollution from ships.

VI. Both sides conducted specific discussions for the signing of China-Japan Maritime Search and Rescue Agreement at an early date.

VII. Both sides confirmed to strengthen fishery cooperation by further deepening consultations, in a bid to promote stable and sound development of the fishery industry.

VIII. Both sides further exchanged views on collaborative research in the field of marine geology, and agreed to strengthen communication in this regard to enhance understanding.

IX. Both sides agreed to enhance communication and exchanges on the consensus of principles concerning the East China Sea issue.

X. Both sides agreed in principle to hold the 10th round of China-Japan high-level consultations on maritime affairs in China in the second half of this year.

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