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