Lead­ers seek bet­ter China-Ja­pan dia­logue

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By ZHANG YUNBI in Hangzhou zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and Ja­pan should boost dia­logue and con­tact to “prop­erly tackle the East China Sea is­sue” and jointly en­sure peace and sta­bil­ity there, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping told Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe on Mon­day.

When the two met af­ter the con­clu­sion of the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Mon­day evening, Xi noted that the two-way ties are “dis­turbed by com­pli­cated fac­tors from time to time”.

Also, Xi said, “Ja­pan should be cau­tious in words and ac­tions with re­gard to the South China Sea is­sue and avoid pos­ing a dis­tur­bance to the im­prove­ment of China-Ja­pan ties.”

Abe said Ja­pan is will­ing to build mu­tual trust with China, earnestly im­prove bi­lat­eral ties and main­tain dia­logue over rel­e­vant is­sues.

Xi said the two sides should “re­in­force a sense of duty and aware­ness of cri­sis”, ex­pand the pos­i­tives in the ties and curb the neg­a­tives in or­der to en­sure a steady thaw of ties.

Strain clouded re­la­tions when Ja­pan took a high­profi po­si­tion on the South China Sea is­sue ear­lier this year. Ten­sion has also lin­gered around China’s Diaoyu Is­lands in the East China Sea re­cently.

Gao Hong, a se­nior re­searcher on Ja­pan stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said, “Tokyo’s suf­fi­cient sin­cer­ity and sub­stan­tial ac­tions are nec­es­sary” for a range of bi­lat­eral agenda items, in­clud­ing the build­ing of two-way se­cu­rity mech­a­nisms and free­trade agree­ment talks.

“Flashy words make no sense and make no dif­fer­ence,” Gao said.

On two-way co­op­er­a­tion, Xi

Ja­pan should be cau­tious in words and ac­tions.”

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping

said both coun­tries could boost macroe­co­nomic pol­icy co­or­di­na­tion, prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields, grass­roots friend­ship and lo­cal ex­changes.

Ad­vanced re­gional co­op­er­a­tion and joint ef­forts in ad­dress­ing global chal­lenges should also be achieved, Xi said.

Abe said that Ja­pan hopes to boost co­op­er­a­tion with China in fields such as fi­nance, trade and en­vi­ron­ment pro­tec­tion.

REUTERS / ETI­ENNE OLIVEAU / POOL

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping (2nd L) speaks to Ja­panese del­e­ga­tion led by Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe (2nd R) dur­ing their meet­ing at the West Lake State House on the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit, in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, China, Septem­ber 5, 2016.

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