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