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Yang Jiechi and Shotaro Yachi Co-chair the First China-Japan High-level Political Dialogue Held in Beijing

On July 16, 2015, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Secretary General of National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan co-chaired the first China-Japan high-level political dialogue in Beijing. Both sides agreed that the China-Japan relationship bears on the fundamental interests of the two peoples. As a significant measure to intensify high-level strategic communication between the two countries, the launch of the high-level political dialogue is conducive to accumulating consensus, controlling and managing divergences and forging a momentum of steady improvement for China-Japan relations.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that since the end of last year, the China-Japan relations have showed a momentum of improvement with recovering and increasing bilateral dialogue and exchanges in all sectors. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. At such a moment, Japan should unmistakably send positive messages on the issue of history, properly handle sensitive issues, and formulate and implement policies that are practically conducive to the growth of China-Japan relations.

Yang Jiechi voiced stern concern and solemn stance of China over approval of the new security bills by the House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan on the same day, urging the Japanese side to draw hard lessons from history, stick to the path of peaceful development, respect the major security concerns of its Asian neighbors, and refrain from crippling regional peace and stability.

Yang Jiechi stressed that China insists on advancing bilateral relations by sticking to the four political documents between China and Japan, following the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking into the future and earnestly implementing the four-point principled agreement.

Shotaro Yachi noted that the Japan-China relations are very important. Guided by the meeting between the leaders of both nations, the Japan-China relations have demonstrated a momentum of improvement since last year. Japan expects to see further improvement of bilateral relationship. Japan is committed to fulfilling the consensus with China which acknowledges both countries are cooperation partners and pose no threat to one another. His visit this time aims to exchange in-depth views with China on the development of bilateral relationship, and Japan hopes to maintain political dialogue with China and keep the momentum for better relations.

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

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