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Wang Yi Meets with Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba of Japan

On August 29, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at Zhongnanhai with visiting Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba of Japan.

Wang Yi expressed that with joint efforts of both sides, Japan's understanding of China tends to be positive. Premier Li Keqiang's successful visit to Japan this May has brought China-Japan relations back to normal track. The momentum of improvement in bilateral relations, which had gone through twists and turns, should be cherished by both sides. As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, both sides can take it as an opportunity to summarize the main experience and lessons of bilateral relations over the past 40 years in an earnest manner and map out a blueprint for the healthy and stable development in the future. Both sides should adhere to the four political documents and the four-point principled consensus between China and Japan, and well safeguard the political foundation of bilateral relations. Both sides should adhere to the recognition that China and Japan are partners rather than adversaries to each other, and that China's development is an opportunity rather than a challenge for Japan, still less a threat. Both sides should insist on properly managing and controlling differences and dealing with sensitive issues. On this basis, the Chinese side is willing to strengthen communication and expand practical cooperation in such fields as innovation and third-party markets with the Japanese side, so as to promote the building of the East Asia economic community and the regional integration process.

Takeo Akiba noted that the Japanese side is glad to see that Japan-China relations are back on normal track, and stands ready to make joint efforts with the Chinese side, cherish the momentum of improvement, carry out high-level exchanges, deepen practical cooperation, strengthen multilateral coordination, and improve the public opinion foundation, in a bid to promote bilateral relations for constant and forward-looking development.

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