Ja­pan is urged to do more to im­prove ties

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi says that im­por­tant progress has been made

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

The Ja­panese gov­ern­ment should do more to fa­cil­i­tate China-Ja­pan co­op­er­a­tion and achieve pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion in the re­la­tion­ship, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi told Ja­panese Am­bas­sador to China Yu­taka Yokoi.

Wang spoke with Yokoi on Thurs­day in Bei­jing. On the same day, Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe at­tended a re­cep­tion hosted by the Chi­nese em­bassy in Ja­pan to mark the found­ing of Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in 1949.

Wang said Abe’s pres­ence is good news, and hope­fully there will be more good news rather than bad news in China-Ja­pan ties. It was the first at­ten­dance of its kind by an in­cum­bent Ja­panese prime min­is­ter in the past 15 years.

It is hoped the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment acts on China poli­cies in a more pos­i­tive way, Wang said. He said on Thurs­day that bi­lat­eral ties have over­come a num­ber of dif­fi­cul­ties and have achieved im­por­tant progress. China and Ja­pan should cher­ish the ef­forts of lead­ers of the el­der gen­er­a­tion and fur­ther im­prove and de­velop ties, which is a his­tor­i­cal duty that both sides should un­der­take, Wang added.

Yokoi told Wang that Abe’s at­tend­ing the re­cep­tion is a demon­stra­tion of Ja­pan’s good­will in im­prov­ing Ja­panChina ties. He noted that next year marks the 40th an­niver­sary of China and Ja­pan sign­ing their bi­lat­eral treaty of peace and friend­ship. Yokoi said Tokyo is ready to work with Bei­jing to fur­ther re­in­force the im­prov­ing mo­men­tum of the re­la­tion­ship.

On Fri­day, Abe sent a con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage on be­half of the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment to Pre­mier Li Keqiang as this year marks the 45th an­niver­sary of China and Ja­pan nor­mal­iz­ing their diplo­matic re­la­tions in 1972.

Ja­panese For­eign Min­is­ter Taro Kono said in an­other con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage to Wang on Fri­day that he be­lieves both coun­tries are able to work shoul­der to shoul­der to ad­dress var­i­ous global is­sues.

Yang Bo­jiang, deputy di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Ja­pan Stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said the two na­tions should prop­erly man­age their dif­fer­ences and achieve ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion as they em­brace the 45th an­niver­sary. Yang said some po­lit­i­cal fig­ures in Ja­pan have pub­licly glossed over Ja­pan’s ag­gres­sion dur­ing World War II, and some oth­ers have chal­lenged the one-China pol­icy, one of the cor­ner­stones of China-Ja­pan diplo­matic ties.

Zhang Yun­ling, a se­nior re­searcher in Asia-Pa­cific stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, noted that politi­cians should shoul­der their du­ties and the pub­lic in both na­tions should boost their aware­ness to help nurture strate­gic mu­tual trust and meet half­way.

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