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Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng: China and Japan Should Work Together in Concert Instead of in Contest

2019/08/09

From August 8 to 9, 2019, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng visited Japan, where he met respectively with Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Head of the National Security Council Shotaro Yachi, Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda of Japan, and held discussions with well-known Japanese experts and scholars.

After above events, Le Yucheng told the press upon enquiry that amid the profound changes unseen in a century, the world faces critical development opportunities as well as prominent uncertainties and instabilities. China and Japan, the world's second and third largest economies, should further strengthen cooperation and jointly cope with challenges.

Le Yucheng said, the ups and downs since the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relationship over the past 40 plus years demonstrate that China and Japan will benefit from peaceful coexistence and cooperation, and that confrontation is not in line with the interests of both countries. Both sides should work together in concert instead of in contest and make contributions together, thus to inject more stability and positive energy into the turbulent world.

Le Yucheng noted, leaders of China and Japan had a successful meeting in Osaka and they reached the ten-point consensus on building China-Japan relations that fit the needs of the new era. It charted the course for the future development of bilateral relations. Currently, China and Japan have seen expanding bilateral economic and trade cooperation, increasingly intertwined interests and more active people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Bilateral relations face important development opportunities. The Chinese side is willing to work with the Japanese side to positively implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, enhance mutual trust, facilitate cooperation, well manage differences, and prevent risks in a bid to elevate bilateral relations to new highs.

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