At G20, he calls for sin­cer­ity on his­tor­i­cal, Tai­wan, Diaoyu is­sues

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By AN BAIJIE in Ham­burg an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged Ja­pan to honor its word on is­sues re­lated to his­tory and Tai­wan dur­ing his meet­ing with Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe on Satur­day, which an­a­lysts said is a sig­nal for Tokyo to take con­crete and sin­cere steps to im­prove re­la­tions with Bei­jing.

Po­lit­i­cal trust is the premise of China-Ja­pan re­la­tions, Xi told Abe dur­ing their meet­ing on Satur­day at the G20 Sum­mit in the Ger­man port city of Ham­burg. Xi re­ferred to the four po­lit­i­cal doc­u­ments and the four-point agree­ment that serve as the guid­ing prin­ci­ples of bi­lat­eral ties on prop­erly han­dling is­sues re­lated to his­tory and Tai­wan, among oth­ers.

These is­sues, vi­tal to the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion of Si­noJa­panese ties, bear no com­pro­mise or re­gres­sion, or the re­la­tions will veer off course and their de­vel­op­ment will slow, he said.

Ja­pan must honor its words on is­sues re­lated to his­tory and Tai­wan, he said, and re­move the dis­trac­tions from the re­la­tions with con­crete ac­tions. He urged Ja­pan to learn from his­tory to en­sure that Sino-Ja­panese re­la­tions head in the right di­rec­tion.

China and Ja­pan nor­mal­ized their di­plo­matic re­la­tions 45 years ago af­ter reach­ing con­sen­sus on his­tory, Tai­wan and the Diaoyu Is­lands, among other is­sues.

De­spite twists and turns in the past 45 years, the de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions be­tween Bei-

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