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China and Japan Hold 8th Round of High-level Consultations on Maritime Affairs

2017/12/06

From December 5 to 6, 2017, the 8th Round of China-Japan High-level Consultations on Maritime Affairs was held in Shanghai. 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 Transport, the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the State Oceanic Administration, the National Energy Administration, 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, 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 affirmed the importance of maintaining communication on maritime policies and laws through bilateral channels including this mechanism.

II. Both sides made positive progress in establishing and launching the air and sea liaison mechanism between the defense ministries of China and Japan. Moreover, both sides agreed to continue strengthening communication between the two defense ministries to enhance mutual trust.

III. 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 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.

IV. China Coast Guard and Japan Coast Guard confirmed the role of the existing contact window in bilateral exchanges of information and also confirmed the exchange of working staff. The two coast guards also exchanged in-depth views on strengthening cooperation between maritime law enforcement agencies of the two countries.

V. Both sides welcomed the achievements of China's State Oceanic Administration and Japan's Ministry of the Environment from cooperation in marine debris under this mechanism, and agreed to hold the second China-Japan Experts Dialogue Platform Meeting on Marine Debris Cooperation and the second China-Japan Marine Debris Seminar in 2018, and continue enhancing cooperation and communication on marine debris.

VI. Both sides agreed to restart "China-Japan Shipping Policy Forum" to discuss cooperation in shipping policy of common concern. Both sides agreed to continue enhancing cooperation under the mechanisms of bilateral security and pollution prevention, and discuss maritime affairs of common concern.

VII. Both sides reconfirmed the importance of the signing of China-Japan Maritime Search and Rescue Agreement and agreed to continue to conduct marine search and rescue cooperation under bilateral and multilateral frameworks in the future.

VIII. Both sides agreed to discuss the feasibility of conducting collaborative research in the field of marine geology.

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 9th round of China-Japan high-level consultations on maritime affairs in Japan in the first half of next year.

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