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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Meets with Wang Yi

On August 24, 2016, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan held a group meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se of the Republic of Korea (ROK), who were attending the 8th China-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

Shinzo Abe expressed that since the economic aggregate of Japan, China and the ROK occupies one fifth of the world total volume, the three countries undertake the important responsibility of safeguarding regional peace and stability, and therefore it is especially necessary for the three countries to maintain cooperation. He hopes that the three countries can well implement outcomes of the foreign ministers' meeting this time, and make positive preparations for the leaders' meeting to be held within this year, thereby improving bilateral relations and boosting regional development. Japan is willing to, together with China, enhance mutual trust and dialogue, and control differences from a long-term perspective and along the direction of building a strategic reciprocal relationship, so as to strive for the establishment of a future-oriented bilateral relations. The upcoming G20 Hangzhou Summit is of great significance to the sustainable development of world economy and Japan looks forward to attending the summit in China. Japan wishes the summit a success and is willing to provide all possible assistance in this regard.

Wang Yi noted that the foreign ministers' meeting, which was held at a time when bilateral relations among China, Japan and the ROK were all faced with difficulties, maintained the keynote and momentum of trilateral cooperation. China has put forward a "four-wheel drive" proposal, namely, to promote cooperation in four key areas including politics, economy and trade, people-to-people and cultural exchanges as well as sustainable development. China is glad to see Japan, as a member of the G20, play a positive and constructive role in making the summit a success. There is a series of important multilateral meetings to be jointly attended by China, Japan and the ROK this year. It is hoped that the three sides can, in the spirit of "facing history squarely and advancing towards the future", strengthen cooperation and strive for regional peace and development as well as the improvement of bilateral relations among the three countries.

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