China, Japan Should Keep Right Direction For Bilateral Ties, Chinese FM Says

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday that China and Japan should jointly abide by the great trend of the time and maintain the right direction for bilateral relations to better benefit both peoples and inject more positive energy into Asia. and the world in general.

Wang made the remarks during a telephone conversation with new Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, noting that China and Japan are the region’s leading countries and, respectively, the world’s second and third largest economies.

Since Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office, Chinese and Japanese leaders have had positive interactions, said Mr.

The two sides, he suggested, should develop plans based on consensus and use the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations next year to push bilateral relations on the right track towards a long term stability.

Wang said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) successfully organized the sixth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee earlier this month, which pointed out that the CCP has always paid attention to the future and fate of the Chinese Communist Party. humanity in a global perspective and had always stood to the right. side of history and side of human progress.

Wang called on the Japanese side to abide by the principles set out in the four political documents between China and Japan, to view China’s development objectively and rationally, and to integrate the political consensus that the two countries are partners. cooperation and not threats to each other in policies and actions.

He also called for efforts to ensure that there will be no hesitation, backtracking and line crossing on major issues concerning history, Taiwan and others, which are important. for the political foundation of Sino-Japanese relations and the fundamental trust and faith between the two sides.

Wang said the two sides should strive to achieve a higher level of complementary benefits, mutual benefits and win-win results, jointly safeguard the stability of industrial chains and global supply chains as well as ‘a fair and open trade and investment environment, and promote high-quality development and improved well-being of people in both countries.

The two sides are expected to take full advantage of their unique advantages of geographic proximity and cultural affinity, and seize the Beijing Olympic Winter Games and the Year of Promotion of Sino-Japanese Cultural and Sports Exchange in 2021 and 2022 as a opportunity to create a positive public opinion and social atmosphere, he said.

As important countries in the region, China and Japan must be aware of their international responsibilities, jointly practice true multilateralism and resist any attempt to provoke a separation, confrontation or even a new cold war, Wang said.

Wang noted that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will enter into force in January next year, and that China and Japan will enter into bilateral tariff reduction agreements for the first time.

The two sides should make joint efforts to lead the process of promoting regional cooperation and integration in Asia, he added.

Wang pointed out that Japan and the United States are allies, while China and Japan are neighbors that cannot be far apart.

Noting that China and the United States are communicating on strategic issues regarding the future of the two countries, Wang said he hopes Japan can grasp the general trend, keep in mind the common interests of Japan and the United States. the region and properly manage its relations. with China and the United States.

For his part, Hayashi said that at present, the international community is in a period of major changes, Asia is becoming more and more important and China is developing rapidly.

The international community has paid more attention and expectation to Sino-Japanese relations, he added.

Japan is ready to work with China to make the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year an opportunity to strengthen dialogue and exchanges, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, improve relations between the two countries. people-to-people exchanges, properly manage differences, take responsibility for global challenges, implement consensuses such as “not to threaten each other” and advance the building of stable and constructive Sino-Japanese relations, Hayashi said.

Wang outlined China’s principles and position on issues relating to the Diaoyu Islands, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual interest.

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