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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on the 35th Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship Between the People's Republic of China and Japan

2013/08/12

Q: Today is the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship Between the People's Republic of China and Japan. What is China's comment on it?

A: On this day 35 years ago, China and Japan signed the Treaty of Peace and Friendship Between the People's Republic of China and Japan. The Treaty confirms the principles in the Joint Statement Between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of Japan in the form of law, identifies the general direction of a longstanding China-Japan friendship, and further consolidates the political foundation for the long-term development of China-Japan relationship. The Treaty deserves commemoration and observation by both sides.

China and Japan are close neighbours. A steady and long-standing good-neighbourly relationship is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, and is conducive to peace, stability and development of Asia and the whole world. China-Japan relationship is faced with serious difficulties. The two sides should work on the basis of the four political documents between China and Japan and in the spirit of "taking history as a mirror and facing towards the future" to properly handle the issues in bilateral relations and push bilateral ties back to the track of normal growth.

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