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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Remarks on the Resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Q: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the other day his resignation for health issues. How does China see his role in bilateral relations? What are your expectations for his successor?

A: In recent years, China-Japan relations got back to the right track and achieved new progress. Leaders of the two sides reached important consensus on building a bilateral relationship in keeping with the new era. We speak positively of Prime Minister Abe's important efforts in this process and wish him a speedy recovery.

We stand ready to work together with the Japanese side to stay committed to the principles and spirit established in the four political documents and deepen anti-epidemic and socioeconomic cooperation to ensure the sustained improvement and development of China-Japan relations.

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