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Yang Jiechi Meets with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan

On May 30, 2017 local time, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met in Tokyo with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that following the spirit of taking history as a mirror while looking forward to the future, China and Japan should take the opportunity to strive for expanding positive factors and eliminating negative ones in bilateral relations. On the basis of the four political documents and the four-point principled agreement between the two countries, China and Japan should meet each other halfway to exclude interference and push for the stable and healthy development of bilateral relations.

Yang Jiechi stressed that the two countries should properly address sensitive issues in order to achieve a stable improvement of bilateral relations. The Japanese side should honor its commitments and cautiously and properly handle major issues of principle including historical issues and the Taiwan issue completely in line with the four political documents and the four-point principled agreement between the two countries, and safeguard the political foundation of its relations with China. It is hoped that both sides could enhance dialogues, manage differences and make joint efforts to safeguard the peace and stability in the East China Sea in the spirit of the four-point principled agreement.

Fumio Kishida expressed that 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations and 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, providing important opportunities to advance bilateral relations. Japan is willing to join hands with China to expand positive aspects in bilateral relations, intensify exchanges and dialogues at all levels, strengthen political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and promote non-governmental exchanges.

The two sides exchanged views on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. Yang Jiechi reiterated China's principled stand and views on the issue, stressing that it is necessary for the international community, while insisting on and promoting the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, to also step up efforts to promote peace talks, in a bid to ultimately facilitate the peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

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