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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Meets with Yang Jiechi

On October 14, 2015, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan met at the prime ministerial office with State Councilor Yang Jiechi who was in Japan for the second China-Japan High-level Political Dialogue.

Shinzo Abe expressed that the second Japan-China High-level Political Dialogue yielded positive results. As the third and second largest economies in the world respectively, Japan and China will benefit world peace and promote global economic development by establishing stable and friendly bilateral relations, which not only accords with interests of both peoples but also conforms with expectations of the international community. Japan will, based on the basic thinking of actively establishing bilateral strategic reciprocal relations, keep high-level dialogue and contacts, enhance exchanges and cooperation in such areas as economy and culture, encourage the expansion of personnel exchanges, and effectively handle and control the divergences to push for closer development of bilateral relations. Japan will steadfastly stick to the path of peaceful development and contribute to world peace on the basis of drawing historical lessons.

Shinzo Abe said that Japan will join efforts with China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to ensure important results from the Japan-China-ROK leaders' meeting to be held in Seoul recently.

Yang Jiechi expressed that realizing long-term, healthy and stable development of bilateral relations is in line with the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples and also bears on regional peace, stability and development. It is hoped that both sides will further enhance dialogue and communication, push bilateral practical exchanges and cooperation in all sectors and jointly make good efforts for the constant improvement and development of bilateral relations.

Yang Jiechi stressed that China's policies to push bilateral strategic reciprocal relations based on the four political documents between both countries and in spirit of reviewing the history and looking into the future are consistent and clear-cut. It is hoped that Japan will earnestly implement the four-point principled agreement reached by the two countries to handle and improve bilateral relations, properly handle and control major sensitive issues and stick to the path of peaceful development.

Yang Jiechi expressed his belief that the China-Japan-ROK leaders' meeting will be successful with the joint efforts of parties concerned.

On the same day, Yang Jiechi also met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, General Council Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda of Japan.

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