Xi urges Ja­pan’s pre­mier to take steps for bet­ter ties

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jing and Tokyo has brought both sides many con­struc­tive and in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, Xi said. He called for solid ef­forts to boost bi­lat­eral ties in ac­cor­dance with the over­all strate­gic di­rec­tion of peace, amity and co­op­er­a­tion.

Xi also wel­comed Ja­pan to join in Belt and Road prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion, urg­ing widerange ex­changes be­tween the two coun­tries.

Abe said Tokyo is ready to show fore­sight and build mo­men­tum in its re­la­tion­ship with Bei­jing, since the world’s se­cond- and third-largest economies, re­spec­tively China and Ja­pan, are in­flu­en­tial play­ers on global and re­gional is­sues.

The Ja­panese leader hoped for more high-level ex­changes with China and added that he is will­ing to en­hance bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion with China in such ar­eas as econ­omy and trade, fi­nance, tourism, as well as col­lab­o­rat­ing in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

Abe promised that Ja­pan is not back­ing away from its joint state­ment with China in 1972 that Tai­wan is part of China.

Jin Yong, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Univer­sity of China, said that lack of po­lit­i­cal trust re­mains the big­gest chal­lenge for Bei­jing-Tokyo re­la­tions.

Wang Ping, a re­searcher at the In­sti­tute of Ja­panese Stud­ies of Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences, said the meet­ing of the two lead­ers will help im­prove China-Ja­panese re­la­tions.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in build­ing the Belt and Road is a strate­gic choice made by Ja­pan to get out of a di­plo­matic dead­lock, she said.

“How­ever, we still have to take mea­sures and es­tab­lish a chan­nel to deal with the pos­si­ble cri­sis in China-Ja­panese re­la­tions,” she added.

Zhou Jin con­trib­uted to this story.

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