Through par­ties, pres­i­dent aims to boost Ja­pan ties

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@ chi­

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has urged Bei­jing and Tokyo to boost ex­changes among their rul­ing par­ties, deepen com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion and play a lead­ing role in im­prov­ing ties.

Xi, also gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, called for the ex­changes while meet­ing on Thurs­day in Bei­jing with vis­it­ing se­nior mem­bers of Ja­pan’s rul­ing coali­tion, formed by the Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party and its ju­nior part­ner Komeito party.

Toshi­hiro Nikai, sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the Lib­eral Democrats, and Yoshi­hisa Inoue, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Komeito, led the Ja­panese del­e­ga­tion.

They were in China at­tend­ing the sev­enth meet­ing of the China-Ja­pan rul­ing par­ties ex­change in Fu­jian prov­ince on Mon­day and Tues­day.

The meet­ing was es­tab­lished in 2006. Xi spoke highly of its role in pro­mot­ing ties.

Xi also praised the two vis­it­ing sec­re­tary gen­er­als’ long-term ded­i­ca­tion to boost­ing ex­changes among rul­ing par­ties of the two coun­tries.

Nikai and Inoue voiced the Ja­panese rul­ing par­ties’ readi­ness to re­in­force co­op­er­a­tion with the CPC and make greater con­tri­bu­tions to ad­vanc­ing China-Ja­pan ties.

Song Tao, head of the In­ter­na­tional Depart­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, said the meet­ing on Thurs­day in Bei­jing shows the great im­por­tance Xi has at­tached to China-Ja­pan ties as well as to ex­changes among the rul­ing par­ties.

The re­cent sev­enth meet­ing of the China-Ja­pan ex­change mech­a­nism was the largest of its kind and yielded fruit­ful out­comes, said Song, the CPC’s se­nior official in charge of party-toparty ex­changes. It fully tapped the rul­ing par­ties’ role in of­fer­ing po­lit­i­cal nav­i­ga­tion, Song said.

Ac­cord­ing to Song, the rul­ing par­ties’ meet­ing made in-depth ex­changes of views on top­ics such as safe­guard­ing the po­lit­i­cal ba­sis for the bi­lat­eral ties, prop­erly manag­ing and con­trol­ling dif­fer­ences, im­prov­ing prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion as well as ad­vanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion re­gard­ing the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

Song said Ja­pan’s rul­ing par­ties are en­cour­aged to work with China to con­sis­tently strengthen po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust, ex­pand ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion and trans­late con­sen­sus reached by lead­ers of the two coun­tries into ac­tions to en­sure a steady im­prove­ment in the re­la­tion­ship, Song added.

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