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Wang Yi Made a Four-point Requirement on Improving China-Japan Relations

2016/04/30

On April 30, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

Wang Yi said that the root course for twists and turns in China-Japan relations is Japan's outlook on history and China. We have seen signs of improvement in China-Japan relations. However, there is still a lack of mutual trust between the two sides. Your visit this time is of positive significance. Next year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties; and the year after next, the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Peace and Friendship Treaty. These are important opportunities for the improvement of China-Japan relations. It is hoped that the Japanese side would demonstrate sincerity, square its words with deeds and put the bilateral relations back on the track of sound development with concrete actions.

Wang Yi made a four-point requirement on improving the bilateral ties.

In the political area, the Japanese side should stick fast to the four political documents including the China-Japan Joint Statement, face up to and reflect upon the history and follow the one-China policy to the letter. No ambiguity or vacillation is allowed when it comes to this important political foundation of the bilateral ties.

In terms of its outlook on China, the Japanese side should translate into concrete actions its consensus with China, that is, the two countries are each other's cooperative partners rather than threats. It should have a more positive and healthy attitude toward the growth of China, and stop spreading or echoing all kinds of "China threat" or "China economic recession" theories.

In terms of economic exchange, the Japanese side should establish the concept of win-win cooperation, discard the outdated idea that one side cannot do without the other side, or one side depends more on the other side than the other way around. Instead, it should enhance equal-footed and pragmatic cooperation with China in different fields based on mutual benefit.

In terms of regional and international affairs, the two sides should respect each other's legitimate interests and concerns, and have essential communication and coordination in a timely fashion. The Japanese side should cast aside the confrontation mentality and work with China to maintain peace, stability and prosperity of the region.

Fumio Kishida thanked China for its sympathy with and assistance to the Kumamoto Prefecture which was hit by the earthquake. He highlighted that China's development means opportunities for Japan. The Japanese side commends China for its positive role and important contributions in many of international and regional affairs. As the third and second largest economies in the world, Japan and China shoulder important responsibilities for development and prosperity of Asia and beyond. The Japanese side would like to reaffirm its consensus with China, that is, the two are each other's cooperative partners rather than threats. Following the four political documents and the four-point principled agreement and on the basis of reflecting upon the history and pursuing peaceful development, the Japanese side will join the Chinese side in building mutual understanding and trust, expanding exchanges and cooperation across the board, properly managing differences and crisis and broadening the positive dimension of the bilateral relations so as to build a Japan-China relationship in the new era.

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