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Li Keqiang Meets with Japanese Guest

On August 25, 2016, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with Secretary General of the National Security Secretariat Shotaro Yachi of Japan, who was in China to hold the third China-Japan high-level political dialogue.

Li Keqiang expressed that at present, China-Japan relationship is still very fragile although there is a momentum of improvement. Both sides should focus on the overall strategic situation of bilateral relations all the time, adhere to the four political documents between the two countries, uphold the spirit of "reviewing the history while looking into the future", accumulate positive factors and reduce negative elements, so as to strive to bring China-Japan relations back to the track of normal development.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the next two years are 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. It is hoped that both sides can seize the opportunities, properly deal with new and old issues between the two countries, steadily push forward exchanges and cooperation, and maintain the stability and improvement momentum of bilateral relations. The two sides should pursue positive and friendly policies at the strategic level. China hopes that Japan can truly adopt a correct understanding of China and implement its commitment of taking China's development as opportunities. The two countries should properly control contradiction and differences with actions, especially on marine issues, so as to safeguard peace and stability in surrounding sea areas.

Shotaro Yachi first read the letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to Premier Li Keqiang. Shinzo Abe expressed in the letter that Japan is ready to work with China to jointly forge a stable bilateral relationship that can benefit both sides on the basis of building a strategic and reciprocal Japan-China relations. Wishing the G20 Hangzhou Summit a success, Japan is willing to enhance cooperation with China in this regard. Shotaro Yachi noted that Japan hopes to strengthen bilateral high-level exchanges and institutional communication, manage contradiction and disputes in the East China Sea, and safeguard maritime peace and stability. Japan is also willing to take the opportunity of the anniversaries of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations and Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship in the next two years to further deepen bilateral exchanges.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi attended the meeting.

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