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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Meets with Yang Jiechi

2017/05/31

On May 31, 2017 local time, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan met with State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Tokyo.

Yang Jiechi said that the improvement and development of China-Japan relations is important for the well-being of the two peoples as well as peace, stability and prosperity of the region. President Xi Jinping has recently given important guiding opinions on China-Japan relations when meeting with Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai of Japan who was attending the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. China attaches importance to its relationship with Japan, and is willing to take the opportunities of the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations this year and the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship next year to develop bilateral relations, based on the four political documents and the four-point principled agreement between the two countries, upholding the spirit of taking history as a mirror while looking forward to the future. It is also hoped that the Japanese side could honor its words on improving bilateral relations and implement the consensus that the two countries are each other's cooperative partner rather than threats with specific policies and concrete actions.

Yang Jiechi stressed that the two countries should make joint efforts to enhance positive factors and eliminate negative ones in bilateral relations, and safeguard the momentum of improvement and development of China-Japan relations. It is vitally important for the stable and further development of bilateral relations to properly handle important and sensitive issues that bear impact on the political foundation of China-Japan relations, including Taiwan and the historical issues.

Shinzo Abe said that Japan looks forward to further improving and developing its relationship with China by taking the opportunities of the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China diplomatic relations this year and the 40th anniversary of the signing of Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship next year. Japan hopes to, together with China, enhance exchanges at all levels, promote friendship between the two peoples, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, properly manage differences and strengthen communication and coordination on international and regional affairs. Regarding the Taiwan issue, Japan will continue to abide by the principles established in the 1972 Japan-China joint communiqué that normalized bilateral relations and this stance has not changed.

During the meeting, Yang Jiechi also reiterated China's stance and proposition on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Yang Jiechi visited Japan on invitation from May 29 to May 31, and co-chaired the fourth round China-Japan high-level political dialogue with National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi of Japan. During his stay, Yang Jiechi also met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga of Japan, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, President of New Komeito Party Natsuo Yamaguchi, Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai, former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, former Speaker of the House of Representatives Yohei Kono as well as friendly personnel from economic and other sectors of the Japanese society.

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