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18/05/2019

Japanese PM Abe meets senior Chinese official

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) meets with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, in Tokyo, Japan, May 17, 2019. (Xinhua/Ma Caoran)

TOKYO, May 17 (Xinhua) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, here on Friday.

Yang said that since the beginning of this year, Abe has repeatedly expressed in public the willingness to further develop China-Japan relations. Not long ago, Abe appointed Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which has generated positive reactions in both countries, Yang said.

The China-Japan relations are at a new historic starting point, facing important opportunities, he said.

Under the guidance of the four political documents between China and Japan and the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, and in the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking into the future, China is ready to work with Japan to strengthen high-level guidance, to enhance political mutual trust, to firmly grasp the general direction of peace, friendship and cooperation, and to push for steady development of bilateral relations on the right track, he said.

China supports Japan in hosting a successful Group of 20 summit in Osaka, which will effectively boost confidence and positive expectations from the international community and inject more positive energy into world economic development, Yang said.

Abe asked Yang to convey his cordial greetings to Chinese leaders. He said this year is an important year, as Japan entered the Era of “Reiwa” and China will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Abe said he looks forward to promoting bilateral relations and opening a new era of China-Japan relations.

Yang visited Japan and co-chaired the sixth high-level political dialogue between China and Japan at the invitation of Japanese National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi.

During the visit, Yang also met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga respectively.

Source: Xinhua

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13/05/2019

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi to visit Japan ahead of possible Xi Jinping trip

  • Three-day visit comes ahead of Chinese President’s planned attendance at G20 summit in Osaka next month
Yang Jiechi’s three-day visit to Japan starts on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg
Yang Jiechi’s three-day visit to Japan starts on Thursday. Photo: Bloomberg
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi will visit Japan for three days from Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
The visit is likely to work out details of President Xi Jinping’s planned visit to Japan for this year’s summit of the Group of 20 major economies in Osaka in late June, sources familiar with bilateral relations had said last week.
Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, is likely to meet the country’s national security adviser Shotaro Yachi on Thursday and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the following day, according to the sources.
Xi’s visit, if it goes ahead, would be his first since he came to power in 2013 and the first by a Chinese head of state since Hu Jintao in November 2010.
Yang and Yachi will also hold the sixth China-Japan high-level political dialogue.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pictured at the G20 summit in Argentina last year. Photo: AP
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pictured at the G20 summit in Argentina last year. Photo: AP

At this dialogue, which is an annual consultation plan agreed on by the two sides, the two sides will exchange views on China-Japan relations and issues of common concern, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.

For years, the two neighbours have been mired in a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The group of uninhabited islets, which are called Diaoyu in Chinese, are controlled by Japan but claimed by China.

But Sino-Japanese ties have been markedly improving recently, with 2018 – the 40th anniversary of the signing and entering into force of the bilateral Treaty of Peace and Friendship – serving as an incentive to forge better relations.

The dispute over the Senkaku – or Diaoyu – Islands is a long-standing barrier to better relations. Photo: Kyodo
The dispute over the Senkaku – or Diaoyu – Islands is a long-standing barrier to better relations. Photo: Kyodo

In an interview with Japanese media, Chinese vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou said the relationship between China and Japan has just returned to normal after going through ups and downs over the years, and both sides need to treasure the development.

“China is willing to work with Japan to further promote China-Japan relations,” he was quoted as saying in a Chinese foreign ministry transcript.