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The Third China-Japan High-level Political Dialogue Held in Beijing

On August 25, 2016, State Councilor Yang Jiechi co-chaired in Beijing the third China-Japan high-level political dialogue with Secretary General of National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan.

Yang Jiechi expressed that at present, the improvement of China-Japan relations is still being continuously disturbed by various issues, especially marine issues that have been quite prominent recently. This is in the interests of neither side. It is hoped that Japan can match its deeds with words, earnestly pursue a positive and friendly policy towards China, do more "addition" in win-win cooperation and more "subtraction" in contradiction and differences, so as to accumulate positive factors and create favorable conditions for the improvement and development of bilateral relations. The next year will be the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations, and the year after next will be the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Both sides are expected to seize the opportunity, continue to abide by the four political documents and the four-point principled consensus, maintain political and diplomatic contacts, cautiously and properly resolve major issues, enhance practical communication and cooperation, and build a favorable atmosphere of public opinion, so as to promote China-Japan relations to steadily move forward.

Yang Jiechi noted that the G20 Summit will soon be held in Hangzhou. As the world's second and third largest economies, China and Japan should cooperate to ensure the success of the G20 Hangzhou Summit, which is in the common interests of all parties including China and Japan. China hopes that Japan can play a constructive role in the success of the G20 Hangzhou Summit.

Shotaro Yachi said that Japan hopes to continuously improve and develop bilateral relations. Attaching importance to the significance of the four political documents and the four-point principled consensus, Japan is willing to, in the spirit of strategic reciprocity, step up communication and dialogue as well as mutual trust with China, properly resolve issues confronting bilateral relations, and strengthen practical cooperation in finance, environmental protection and others, so as to endeavor to advance the Japan-China relations that keep in line with the new era. Japan supports China to successfully host the G20 Hangzhou Summit.

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

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