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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan
2018-09-28

On September 27, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at request with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi expressed that China and Japan have been engaged in a slew of active interactions for a period of time. Not long ago, President Xi Jinping held a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, providing clear political guidance for bilateral relations in the next stage. Both sides should highly cherish and meticulously safeguard the hard-won improvement and development momentum of the relations between the two countries, seize and take full advantage of the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, build consensus and manage differences, in a bid to push bilateral relations for the long-term and steady development in the right direction.

Wang Yi emphasized that the improvement of bilateral relations did not come easily. Both sides should draw lessons from the past ups and downs and even regressions, and well solve the problems hampering the healthy development of bilateral relations. Both countries should continue adhering to various principles set forth in the four political documents between China and Japan, and properly and well handle sensitive matters such as those concerning history and Taiwan. Both sides should translate the positive recognition that China's development is an opportunity for Japan into action to provide guarantees for the forward-looking development of bilateral relations along the track of improvement. The Chinese side has the willingness to expand mutually beneficial cooperation with the Japanese side in such fields as economy, trade, finance and innovation, and strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges in youth and at local level. As important and close neighbors and major economies in the world, it is our responsibility to work together to jointly commit to upholding the multilateral process, maintaining the international trading system and safeguarding international law and international rules.

Taro Kono thanked the Chinese side's condolences over the typhoon and earthquake disaster in Japan not long ago. It is delightful to see that Japan-China relations have returned to the right track. Japan and China shoulder important responsibilities for regional peace and development. The significance of improving relations between the two countries will transcend bilateral scope. The Japanese side stands ready to, together with the Chinese side, strengthen exchanges and bilateral cooperation in such fields as economy, people-to-people and cultural engagement and sub-national engagement, properly manage differences, and fully prepare for the further development of bilateral relations in the next stage. The Japanese side hopes to strengthen communication with the Chinese side in international and regional affairs.

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