Wang meets Ja­panese min­is­ter

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUNBI in Manila, Philip­pines zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ja­pan should play a con­struc­tive role in the re­gion’s peace and sta­bil­ity rather than fol­low­ing other coun­tries’ leads in mak­ing a fuss and trou­bles, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi told Ja­panese For­eign Min­is­ter Taro Kono on Mon­day.

The re­marks came as Kono held his first meet­ing with Wang since as­sum­ing of­fice on Thurs­day.

Both se­nior diplo­mats met on the side­lines of a se­ries of for­eign min­is­ters meet­ings among the 10 South­east Asian na­tions.

Ear­lier on Mon­day, top diplo­mats of the United States, Ja­pan and Aus­tralia said in a joint state­ment that they “voiced their strong op­po­si­tion to co­er­cive uni­lat­eral ac­tions that could al­ter the sta­tus quo and in­crease ten­sions” in the South China Sea.

China hopes Ja­pan matches its words with ac­tions and trans­lates its pos­i­tive stance ... into tan­gi­ble poli­cies and ac­tions.

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