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Li Keqiang Meets with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan

On the afternoon of April 30, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with visiting Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan.

Li Keqiang noted that a long-term and stable China-Japan relationship is in line with the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples and conduces to regional and world stability and prosperity. Having gone through twists and turns in recent years, bilateral relations now see a momentum of improvement but the foundation remains fragile. The two countries should keep a grip on the right direction of bilateral relations with a due sense of responsibility. China is willing to, in the spirit of taking the history as a mirror and looking into the future, make joint efforts with Japan to strengthen political mutual trust and promote bilateral relations back to the track of normal development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that no ambiguity or vacillation is allowed when it comes to the matters of principle concerning the political foundation for the normalization of China-Japan relations. It is hoped that the Japanese side could stick to the path of peaceful development, and match deeds with its words that China's peaceful development is an opportunity. Japan should earnestly pursue a positive policy towards China, firmly adhere to the hard-won four political documents between the two countries, and appropriately handle the sensitive elements that have fundamental impacts on bilateral relations. Japan should create a favorable atmosphere for the gradual resumption of bilateral dialogue and cooperation mechanism and the trilateral summit among China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK), and take concrete measures to improve the sentiment of both peoples and enhance people-to-people understanding.

Li Keqiang stressed that China and Japan enjoy strong complementarity in their economy and profound foundation in bilateral cooperation. China is willing to work with Japan to expand the prospect for bilateral practical cooperation in all sectors, achieve mutual benefit and reciprocity, and benefit the two peoples.

Fumio Kishida noted that Japan stands ready to, in the spirit of the four political documents, adhere to the consensus with China that the two countries are "cooperative partner posing no threats to each other". Japan is willing to, together with China, pay mutual respect, strengthen mutual trust, control and manage disputes, advance the bilateral relations initiated by elder leaders of the two countries and build a future-oriented Japan-China relationship. Japan sincerely appreciates China's measures in advancing economic structural reform, and is ready to boost cooperation with China in all sectors and constantly accumulate positive factors for the continuous development of Japan-China relationship.

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