Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan

On April 15, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan in Beijing.

Wang Yi said that in the face of unprecedented changes unseen in the past century, China and Japan see rising common interests and concerns, and increasing importance and necessity of strengthening coordination and cooperation. Thanks to the joint efforts of the two sides, China-Japan relations have returned to the right track and have continued to present a sound momentum since last year, with steady progress in practical exchanges and cooperation achieved in various fields. This year is particularly important for both China and Japan. The two sides should uphold the general direction of peace and friendship, implement the political consensus of being cooperative partners instead of threats to one another and supporting each other's peaceful development, and seek common development through mutually beneficial cooperation.

Wang Yi pointed out that the improvement process of China-Japan relations is still at the initial stage with both important opportunities and sensitive and fragile aspects. Since the Japanese side has repeatedly said that China and Japan should turn competition into coordination, it is hoped that the Japanese side can launch more practical measures to this end. Under the guidance of the four political documents between China and Japan and the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, the two sides should strengthen exchanges at all levels, continuously enhance political mutual trust and keep bilateral relations running on the right track. We need to improve and upgrade our practical cooperation, create new highlights such as cooperation in the third-party market, cooperation in scientific and technological innovation, and local exchanges and cooperation, and make the pie of common interests bigger, so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. The Japanese side is welcome to send a high-level delegation to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. China and Japan should continue to promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, sing the theme song of friendship and build the better public support for our relations. We should stick to dialogue and consultation, manage differences constructively and promote the medium and long term, healthy, and stable development of bilateral relations in a sound environment and atmosphere.

Wang Yi said that China and Japan have broad common interests in multilateral fields. The Chinese side is ready to work with the Japanese side to strengthen communication and coordination under multilateral mechanisms including the Group of 20 (G20), the World Trade Organization (WTO), China-Japan-ROK (Republic of Korea) Cooperation, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Plus Three, jointly maintain multilateralism and free trade system, promote global governance, and make greater contributions to the development and stability of the region and the world at large. The Chinese side supports the Japanese side in hosting a successful G20 Osaka Summit.

Taro Kono said that Japan-China relations returned to the right track last year and bilateral exchanges and cooperation maintained a sound momentum of development. Facing the uncertain international situation, the two sides should strive to build mutually beneficial Japan-China relations for a new era and jointly contribute to regional and international peace and development. The Japanese side will adhere to and abide by the four political documents between China and Japan, implement the consensus and achievements reached by the two sides so far, and implement the consensus that Japan and China are cooperative partners and pose no threat to each other. The Japanese side is ready to strengthen practical cooperation with the Chinese side in various fields for mutual benefit and win-win results. It is hoped that both sides will take the G20 Osaka Summit to be hosted by Japan as an opportunity to strengthen cooperation in international and regional affairs, jointly promote regional economic cooperation and uphold the multilateral trading system with the WTO as its core.

The two sides also agreed to resume Japanese students' study tours to China, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and consolidate the basis of the public support for China-Japan friendship.

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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