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Li Keqiang Meets with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan

On the afternoon of January 28, 2018, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan, who was in China for an official visit.

Li Keqiang expressed that China-Japan relations have maintained a momentum of improvement at present. China has noticed the recent positive comments released by the Japanese side on its relations with China. However, while positive aspects are increasing, China-Japan relations are still confronted with uncertainties. This is just as sudden changes of temperature. Both sides should doubly cherish the hard-won positive momentum of the current improvement in China-Japan relations, make joint efforts and meet each other halfway. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship this year, both countries should review the spirit of the treaty, well handle historical and other sensitive issues, properly control differences, and make 2018 a year of opportunity for China-Japan relations to return to the normal track of development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the relationship between China and Japan is not just about the two countries, but is also of great significance to the region and the world. China and Japan enjoy strong economic complementarities and broad cooperation space. It is hoped that the Japanese side will uphold the spirit of taking history as a mirror and facing up to the future, strive to create a sound environment, and provide favorable expectations for the enterprises and people of the two countries, in a bid to build a solid foundation for expanding mutually beneficial cooperation, restarting relevant dialogue mechanisms and boosting cooperation in East Asian region.

Taro Kono expressed that all circles in Japan are full of expectations for the comprehensive improvement of Japan-China relations. Japan is willing to take the 40th anniversary of the signing of Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship as an opportunity to meet China halfway and make joint efforts with China to further improve and deepen bilateral relations. Japan looks forward to holding a new round of leaders' meeting of Japan, China and the Republic of Korea at an early date, and welcomes Premier Li Keqiang to pay an official visit to Japan. The economic development of Japan and China is highly complementary. The Japanese side stands ready to further enhance exchanges between enterprises of both countries, restart bilateral high-level economic dialogue, explore the development of the third-party cooperation and deepen friendship between both peoples based on the concept of building a strategic relationship of mutual benefit, so as to bring bilateral relations back to the track of sound development and push it for continuous and forward-looking development.

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