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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan

On April 28, 2017 local time, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was in the New York for the attendance at the open ministerial meeting on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue held by the UN Security Council, met at request with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan.

Wang Yi said that 2017 and 2018 respectively mark the 45th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations and the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Both sides should take these as opportunities to review the important consensus previously reached by the older generations of the two countries, and well safeguard the important political foundation of bilateral relations. Unfortunately, for a time, Japan has adopted quite a few negative moves and provocative actions in bilateral and multilateral fields and on issues concerning China's core interests, which undermines the already fragile momentum of improving bilateral relations. China-Japan relations are the result of the joint efforts made by successive leaders and people from all walks of life of both sides, which are not allowed to be damaged by certain forces. The Japanese side should view bilateral relations from a long-term perspective, meet China half way, advance economic, non-governmental, youth and cultural exchanges, and carry out more tangible things that are conducive to restoring trust. China welcomes Chairman of the General Council of the Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai of Japan and others to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China.

Fumio Kishida expressed that Japan stands ready to, together with China, constantly improve relations with China, expand the positive side of bilateral relations, and properly handle disputes. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations, and Japan is willing to arouse people to cherish bilateral relations through holding commemorative activities. Japan is committed to well safeguarding Japan-China friendly relations established by the older generations of the two sides, and opposes to bilateral conflicts and confrontations. The Japanese side is willing to enhance bilateral high-level exchanges and promote economic cooperation with China.

Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

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