China, Japan hold sixth high-level political dialogue

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-17 20:13:14|Editor: mingmei
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TOKYO, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, co-chaired the sixth high-level political dialogue between China and Japan in Japan's Nagano Prefecture on Friday with Japanese National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi.

Yang said that China-Japan relations have been continuously improving, and the positive interactions between the two sides have been increasingly active.

China is ready to work with Japan to push forward the steady development of bilateral relations along the right track under the guidance of the spirit of the four political documents between China and Japan and the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, he said.

According the senior Chinese official, China and Japan share increasingly broad common interests and the two countries' development is an opportunity for each other. The two sides should firmly pursue a positive and friendly policy towards each other and translate the principled consensus that "China and Japan see each other as partners, not threats" into policies and actions.

Yang said the two sides should, on the basis of mutual trust, maintain high-level exchanges, consolidate political foundation, abide by the spirit of the four political documents between China and Japan, properly handle major issues of principle such as the history, Taiwan and the territory, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns.

He said that the two sides should take cooperation as the driving force, continue to advance all-round practical cooperation, conduct in-depth discussions on new technologies, new business patterns and new modes, explore new convergence of interests and growth points of cooperation, and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results at higher levels and in wider areas.

Yang said that China welcomes Japan's active participation in the cooperation in a third-party market under the Belt and Road Initiative.

The current international situation is faced with instability and many uncertainties, Yang said. As important countries and major economies in the world, China and Japan should strengthen communication and coordination under the multilateral mechanism, promote global governance further toward fairness and rationality, promote regional integration and economic globalization, jointly uphold multilateralism and free trade, and promote mutually beneficial cooperation and common development among countries.

For his part, Yachi said that currently Japan-China relations have been continuously improving and the leaders of the two countries have maintained close contact. Not long ago, Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, attended the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Yachi said the Japanese side agrees that the two sides should see each other as development opportunities and cooperative partners. He said that he holds full confidence in the future development of Japan-China relations.

He said Japan is ready to work with China to prepare for the next stage of high-level exchanges, ensure fruitful results and send a positive signal to the outside world. Japan is ready to deepen bilateral dialogues, exchanges and pragmatic cooperation with China in various fields, strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs and push bilateral relations to a new level.