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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan

On January 28, 2018, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with the visiting Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Over the past 40 years, China-Japan relations have witnessed an extraordinary journey. Both China and Japan should keep in mind the original aspirations, review the spirit of the treaty, draw lessons from the positive and negative experiences, firmly grasp the general direction of peace and friendship and constantly push forward bilateral relations for continuous improvement. Both countries should strictly stick to the spirit of the four political documents and the four-point principled consensus between the two sides, and adhere to taking history as a mirror and facing up to the future so as to earnestly safeguard the political foundation of China-Japan relations. Political mutual trust should be built by both sides. It is hoped that Japan will grasp well the understanding toward China from the bottom of the root, truly regard China as a partner rather than an adversary and view China's development as an opportunity rather than a threat. Both sides have established principles and guidelines to properly solve sensitive issues. China hopes that Japan will honor its promise and act according to the rules, handle the Taiwan issue based on the one-China principle and earnestly respect the rights and interests of China's sovereignty and security over the issues concerning Xizang and Xinjiang.

Taro Kono said that Japan and China are the third and the second largest world economy respectively. To develop a stable Japan-China relationship not only conforms to the interests of the two countries, but is also in line with the interests of the international community as a whole. Japan is willing to take the 40th anniversary of the signing of Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship and the 40th anniversary of China's Reform and Opening up as opportunities, keep in mind the original point, remain true to the original aspirations, and elevate Japan-China relations to a new stage according to the spirit of strategic reciprocity and the consensus of China and Japan being cooperative partners that pose no threat to each other. The Japanese side will continue to deal with the Taiwan-related issue in accordance with the regulations established in the Japan-China Joint Statement in 1972, and believes that the affairs related to Xizang and Xinjiang are China's internal affairs, as well as expresses its willingness to properly deal with relevant issues.

Both sides agreed to take the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship in 2018 as an opportunity to step up exchanges at all levels and carry out diversified exchanges in such fields as culture, locality, media, and youth so as to create a sound public opinion and social foundation for bringing China-Japan relations back to the right track. Both sides believed that high-level exchanges play an important leading role in improving and developing bilateral relations. The two sides agreed to convene a new round of leaders' meeting of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea as soon as possible and create a suitable environment to this end. Both sides believed that they should give full play to their respective comparative advantages, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation and expand common interests. The Japanese side showed its positive attitude toward participating in the "Belt and Road" construction and exploring trilateral cooperation. China and Japan welcomed that both sides reach the agreement in principle on establishing the maritime and air liaison mechanism between the two countries and would like to sign and put it into effect as soon as possible. Both sides should work together to make the East China Sea a peaceful, cooperative and friendly sea. Both countries agreed to jointly safeguard the free trade system, speed up regional economic integration and build an open world economy.

Both sides also exchanged in-depth views on the international and regional issues such as the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

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