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Xi Jinping Meets with Prime Minster Shinzo Abe of Japan
2019-06-27

On June 27, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in Osaka.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the world today is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century with the global governance system being profoundly reshaped and the international landscape evolving at a faster pace. China and Japan share more and more common interests and concerns. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and Japan has also entered the Era of Reiwa. We should jointly commit to building China-Japan relations that fit the needs of the new era to make China-Japan relations an important and positive factor for maintaining world peace and promoting common development.

Xi Jinping stressed that the two sides should always abide by all the principles set forth in the four political documents between China and Japan, implement the political consensus that China and Japan regard each other as cooperative partners rather than threats, enhance mutual trust, and push forward China-Japan relations along the right track of peace, friendship and cooperation. Both countries should deepen cooperation in a wide range of areas, including economy, trade, investment, third-party markets, and scientific and technological innovation, create new growth areas for cooperation, and actively lead regional economic integration. Japanese enterprises are welcome to actively expand cooperation with China and share new opportunities brought by China's development. The joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative has opened up a vast space for mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Japan, and China welcomes the Japanese side's active participation. The two sides should tighten the bond of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, enhance youth exchanges, and promote mutual understanding and amity between the two peoples. I agree to the launching of a high-level consultation mechanism on people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Japan within this year. The two sides should manage differences and disputes constructively through dialogue and consultation, strengthen diplomatic and security dialogue, and build a constructive bilateral security relationship. It is hoped that the Japanese side will abide by the consensus it has reached with China so far and honor the commitments it has made so far, properly handle history and other sensitive issues, and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the East China Sea. China and Japan should strengthen communication, coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs to jointly address global challenges and make global governance more just and reasonable. The Chinese side supports the Japanese side in well hosting the G20 Osaka Summit, and anticipates that the Summit will make a clear voice in upholding multilateralism and free trade to inject stable expectations and impetus into the world economic development.

Shinzo Abe warmly welcomed President Xi Jinping's attendance at the G20 Osaka Summit in Japan and was grateful for the Chinese side's support for the Japanese side's hosting of the Summit, adding that the Japanese side is willing to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese side to push for positive outcomes of the Summit.

Shinzo Abe said that I am pleased that Japan-China relations have returned to the track of normal development. The Japanese side is willing to abide by the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship and other important political documents between the two countries, and continue to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to build Japan-China relations that meet the requirements of the new era and ensure the long-term and stable development in line with the consensus of turning competition into coordination and being cooperative partners instead of threats to each other. The two countries should maintain close high-level exchanges and dialogues. On behalf of the Japanese government, I would like to invite President Xi Jinping to pay a state visit to Japan next spring to take the bilateral relations to a higher level. The Japanese side hopes to expand bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, investment, finance and innovation, and is willing to provide a fair, open, transparent and non-discriminatory market environment for businesses of the two sides. The two sides should encourage friendly non-governmental exchanges, ensure the success of the ongoing China-Japan Youth Exchange Promotion Year and enhance the friendship between the two peoples. The Japanese side stands ready to work with the Chinese side to properly handle sensitive issues, and effectively manage disputes and differences in the East China Sea and other issues. In face of various problems and challenges regarding globalization, all countries should work together to tackle them. The Japanese side attaches importance to China's important role, and looks forward to strengthening communication and cooperation with the Chinese side to safeguard a free and fair trading system and assume greater responsibility for promoting world peace and stability.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation and other issues. Shinzo Abe expressed that the Japanese side highly appreciates President Xi Jinping's recent visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and believes that the visit has played an important and constructive role in promoting peace and stability on the Peninsula.

After the meeting, Shinzo Abe hosted a welcome banquet for Xi Jinping.

Ding Xuexiang, Liu He, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the above activities.

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