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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan

On the afternoon of August 24, 2016, after attending the Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting among China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK), Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan.

Wang Yi expressed that the China-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting this time has reviewed and planned trilateral cooperation, reiterated the spirit of "facing history squarely and advancing towards the future", and highlighted the keynote of mutually beneficial cooperation, which China appreciates. Wang Yi said that trilateral cooperation cannot develop smoothly without sound bilateral relations. At present, China-Japan relations are still facing difficulties. At this important juncture where both opportunities and challenges exist and bilateral relations either forge ahead or fall behind, China is willing to work with Japan to adhere to the four political documents between the two countries, consolidate the political foundation of bilateral relations, implement the four-point principled consensus, well control existing differences, carry out communication in various areas and maintain the momentum of improving bilateral relations. China also stands ready to carry out mutual support and coordination with Japan at multilateral forums including G20 Hangzhou Summit, and expand common interests. On such basis, both sides are set to greet the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations, and the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

Wang Yi expressed that the G20 Summit will soon be held in Hangzhou, China. Japan is an important member of the G20, and China welcomes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend the G20 Hangzhou Summit in China. The success of the Hangzhou Summit is in line with the common interests of all sides including China and Japan.

Fumio Kishida expressed that through cooperation with China, Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Foreign Ministers' Meeting just concluded with fruitful results. The G20 Hangzhou Summit is an important meeting. Japan sincerely wishes the summit a success, and is ready to strengthen cooperation with China on this. As for current bilateral relations, it is necessary to make differences controllable and push forward cooperation between the two countries. Japan is willing to well implement the four-point principled consensus, reinforce cooperation with China in five major fields including finance, energy conservation and environment protection, aging economy, tourism, and disaster prevention, promote youth exchanges, launch anti-terrorism cooperation, manage and control contradiction and differences, expand the positive aspects of bilateral relations, pull bilateral relations back on the right track and explore to build a Japan-China relationship that fits the characteristics of the new era.

Both sides also exchanged views on the East China Sea issue and agreed to enhance dialogue, pond over the convening of China-Japan high-level consultation on marine affairs and start the sea-air contact mechanism at an early date, so as to strive to make the East China Sea a sea of peace and cooperation.

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