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Wang Yi Meets with Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi

2023-04-02 23:10

On the afternoon of April 2, 2023, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi met in Beijing with visiting Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Wang Yi said that currently China-Japan relations have maintained overall stability, but are still faced with various disturbances and interference from time to time. The fundamental cause is that some forces in Japan deliberately follow the erroneous China policy of the United States, and cooperate with the United States to smear China and make provocations on issues concerning China's core interests. Such moves are strategically short-sighted, politically wrong and even diplomatically unwise. China has maintained the continuity and stability in its Japan policy, and stands ready to work with Japan to take the 45th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship as an opportunity, to draw lessons from history, and build a China-Japan relationship that meets the requirements of the new era on the basis of the four political documents between China and Japan. Wang Yi expressed hope that Japan will recommit itself to the original aspiration of signing the treaty, review the spirit of the treaty, abide by the principles of the treaty, get rid of the zero-sum mentality, and translate into concrete actions the important common understanding that the two countries are cooperative partners posing no threat to each other, so as to jointly improve and develop China-Japan relations.

Yoshimasa Hayashi said that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship, and Japan-China relations are presented with an important juncture. The two countries enjoy tremendous potential for cooperation in a wide range of fields, but also face some issues to tackle. Japan is ready to work with China to implement the important common understandings reached between the leaders of the two countries, build constructive and stable Japan-China relations, and realize win-win and all-win outcomes.

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual interest and concern.

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