China, Ja­pan take step to soothe re­la­tions

Premier says four-point con­sen­sus cre­ates sound ba­sis for bet­ter ties be­tween coun­tries

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHAO YI­NAN andWANGXU

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment hopes China and Ja­pan can over­come po­lit­i­cal bar­ri­ers, take his­tory as guid­ance and look into the fu­ture to pro­mote bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, Premier Li Ke­qiang told a vis­it­ing Ja­panese del­e­ga­tion on Thurs­day.

Li said a healthy and sta­ble re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and Ja­pan is im­por­tant to the peace and pros­per­ity of both coun­tries, as well as the re­gion as a whole, and China’s poli­cies to­ward Ja­pan are con­sis­tent.

“We be­lieve that China-Ja­pan re­la­tions must be based on the four­point prin­ci­pled con­sen­sus, draw lessons from his­tory and over­come po­lit­i­cal im­ped­i­ments,” Li said while meet­ing the Chi­nese and Ja­panese del­e­ga­tions of the 21st Cen­tury Com­mit­tee for China-Ja­pan Friend­ship, a high-level ad­vi­sory body on Si­noJa­panese re­la­tions.

“China hopes Ja­pan can care­fully han­dle the is­sues of prin­ci­ple that could im­pede the healthy de­vel­op­ment of our re­la­tions,” Li said. “Only if we fo­cus on the big pic­ture of our re­la­tions over a long term can­we­carry out what we have agreed and hence im­prove our ties.”

Li said China and Ja­pan could carry out more ac­tiv­i­ties in ed­u­ca­tional and cul­tural sec­tors and pro­mote ex­changes be­tween lo­cal gov­ern­ments and the youth to pro­vide the con­di­tions to im­prove ties.

It was Li’s first meet­ing with Ja­panese

The re­port be­ing worked out at the meet­ing is ex­pected to give guid­ance to both gov­ern­ments, but it is un­re­al­is­tic to count on just one or two meet­ings to solve the long-last­ing is­sues be­tween the two coun­tries.” LIU JIANGY­ONG PRO­FES­SOR OF IN­TER­NA­TIONAL STUD­IES AT TS­INGHUA UNIVER­SITY

guests since he be­come premier in March 2013. The two-day meet­ing of the com­mit­tee be­gan on Wed­nes­day in Beijing, after be­ing post­poned for three years.

The event was co-chaired by Tang Ji­ax­uan, for­mer State coun­cilor and now pres­i­dent of the China-Ja­pan Friend­ship As­so­ci­a­tion, and Tokyo Stock Ex­change Pres­i­dent Taizo Nishimuro.

Nishimuro said the com­mit­tee had held can­did talks and his del­e­ga­tion is will­ing to con­tinue the­workin im­prov­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and pro­mot­ing ex­changes and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing.

Tang­saidtheChi­ne­se­andJa­panese mem­bers of the com­mit­tee agreed that the four-point con­sen­su­son­prin­ci­ples is the first step to mak­ing progress in sooth­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

As to the next step, Tang said that com­mem­o­rat­ing next year’s 70th an­niver­sary­oftheend­ofWorldWarII could be an op­por­tu­nity for Ja­pan to im­prove its re­la­tions with East Asian coun­tries.

Taka­hara Asou, a Ja­panese an­a­lyst, said the con­sen­sus is a great achieve­ment for the two coun­tries and should be fully im­ple­mented.

Liu Jiangy­ong, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional stud­ies atTs­inghuaUniver­sity, said the meet­ing of the com­mit­tee, which is cur­rently the high­est-level ad­vi­sory body on Sino-Ja­panese re­la­tions, was “friendly and can­did”.

“The re­port be­ing worked out at the meet­ing is ex­pected to give guid­ance to both gov­ern­ments, but it is un­re­al­is­tic to count on just one or two meet­ings to solve the long-last­ing is­sues be­tween the two coun­tries,” Liu said. Con­tact the writ­ers at zhaoy­i­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn and wangxu@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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