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China and Japan Hold Fourth Round of High-level Political Dialogue

On May 29, 2017 local time, State Councilor Yang Jiechi co-chaired on invitation the fourth round of China-Japan high-level political dialogue with National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi of Japan near Tokyo.

Yang Jiechi expressed that China-Japan relations are currently at an important juncture with both new opportunities and outstanding challenges as this year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations. The two sides should remind themselves of their original intention for normalizing relations, uphold the spirit of taking history as a mirror while looking to the future, safeguard the political foundation and properly manage differences based on the four political documents and the four-point principled agreement, so as to promote the continuous improvement of bilateral relations.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that the political mutual trust is the fundamental guarantee of the healthy and stable development of relations between countries. China attaches importance to developing its relationship with Japan and this stance has not changed. It is hoped that the Japanese side could also keep pace with the times, conform to the general trend of China's development as well as the trend of the times and implement, with specific policies and concrete actions, the political consensus that the two countries are each other's cooperative partner rather than threats, and that China's development is an opportunity for Japan.

Yang Jiechi hoped that Japan could meet China half way, make efforts to build bilateral political mutual trust and promote bilateral relations back to the normal development track under the new situation. Japan needs to honor its words and abide by relevant rules regarding the historical and Taiwan issues and practically follow the relevant spirit of four-point principled agreement, in a bid to jointly safeguard the peace and stability in the East China Sea. It is hoped that Japan to speak and act cautiously regarding the South China Sea issue and to play a constructive role in properly solving relevant issues for relevant countries in the region. Yang Jiechi said that the two sides should speed up transformation and upgrade of bilateral economic and trade cooperation, expand cooperation in new areas, and conform to the mainstream of regional situation featuring seeking peace, stability and promoting development as well as the common aspiration of the people in this region, so as to jointly develop the great cause of rejuvenation of Asia. China welcomes the Japanese side to actively discuss with the Chinese side on carrying out cooperation under the "Belt and Road" framework. Both sides should make great efforts to boost bilateral exchanges in various fields including culture, locality and the young people, and enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples, so as to lay a firmer social and public opinion foundation for the development of bilateral relations.

Shotaro Yachi expressed that the maintenance of cooperation between China and Japan, two major countries in Asia, is vital to the region. The two sides should implement the consensus that they are each other's cooperative partner rather than threats. Japan's stance on the Taiwan and historical issues has not changed and Japan is dedicated to comprehensively improving its relationship with China and is willing to make joint efforts with China to enhance exchanges at all levels, expand positive aspects in bilateral relations and properly manage disputes.

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern. Yang Jiechi expounded relevant stance and proposition of the Chinese government.

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