‘Tokyo con­sen­sus’

Asian na­tions need to seek shared vi­sion, ex-Ja­panese of­fi­cial says

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By CAIHONG in Tokyo caihong@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and Ja­pan need to de­velop ex­ten­sive non­govern­men­tal ex­changes for the sake of the fu­ture of Asia and the world, ac­cord­ing to a fo­rum.

China and Ja­pan need to de­velop ex­ten­sive non­govern­men­tal ex­changes for the sake of the fu­ture of Asia and the world, ac­cord­ing to the “Tokyo con­sen­sus” is­sued by the 12th Bei­jing-Tokyo Fo­rum on China Wednes­day.and Ja­pan need to de­velop Chi­nese ex­ten­sive­and Ja­panese non­govern­men­tal panelists at the ex­changes­fo­rum con­ced­ed­for the sake that of theirthe fu­ture coun­triesof Asia are di­videdand the on world, many ac­cordingis­sues andto agreedthe to “Tokyo work hard con­sen­sus”on build­ing is­sued long-last­ingby the trust12th be­tween Bei­jingthe Tokyo na­tion’s Fo­rum peo­ples.on Wednes­day. The doc­u­ment called on Chi­ne­sethe two gov­ern­mentsand Ja­pane­seto ap­pro­pri­ate­ly­pan­elists at the han­dle fo­rum is­sues con­ceded and dif­fer­ences­that their in­volv­ing coun­tries se­cu­rit­yare di­vided and on the many mil­i­tary. is­sues It rec­om­mendedand agreed to work­that the hard two on coun­tries build­ing ex­pe­dite long-last­ingthe es­tab­lish­ment trust be­tween of thea “mar­iti­me­na­tion’s peo­ples.and air li­ai­son mech­a­nism” in an at­temp­tThe doc­u­mentto en­hance called mu­tual on trust,the two re­duce gov­ern­mentssus­pi­cion andto avoid ap­pro­pri­ately mis­judg­ments. han­dle is­sues and Yao dif­fer­encesYun­zhu, for­mer in­volv­ingdi­rec­tor se­cu­ri­tyof the and Cen­terthe mil­i­tary.for Chi­naIt Amer­ica rec­om­mended De­fense that Re­la­tion­s­the twoat the coun­tries Academy ex­pe­di­teof Mil­i­tary Sciencethe es­tab­lish­mentof the Chi­ne­seof a Peo­ple’s “mar­itime Lib­er­a­tio­nand air Army, li­aison­said Chi­nese mech­a­nism” and Ja­pane­sein an de­fense at­tempt min­istries to en­hance have agreed mu­tual to set trust,up a re­duce hot­line sus­pi­cio­nand to de­fine­and avoid the meth­ods mis­judg­ments.for con­tact and a code Yao of con­duct Yun­zhu, for en­coun­ters­former di­rec­torin the of air theor sea. Cen­ter for China-Amer­ica De­fense Re­la­tions at the Academy of Mil­i­tary Sci­ence of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, said Chi­nese and Ja­panese de­fense min­istries have agreed to set up a hot­line and to de­fine the meth­ods Tele­phone: for con­tact and a code of Fax: con­duct for en­coun­ters in the air or sea.

“If the mech­a­nism is Sub­scrip­tion: Ad­ver­tis­ing: es­tab­lished, it will, to some Fol­low ex­tent, us pre­ven­ton: mil­i­tary air­craft and war­ships from dan­ger­ous con­di­tions when Web­site:they run into each other,” Yao said. “When con­tin­gen­cies

“If the mech­a­nism is es­tab­lished, it will, to some ex­tent, pre­vent mil­i­tary air­craft and war­ships from dan­ger­ous con­di­tions when they run into each other,” Yao said. “When con­tin­gen­cies hap­pen, mis­judg­ments will be re­duced to avoid un­nec­es­sary es­ca­la­tions.”

Yoriko Kawaguchi, Ja­pan’s for­mer for­eign and en­vi­ron­men­tal min­is­ter, pro­posed that coun­tries in Asia search for some­thing that can bind them to­gether, as Bud­dhism did in the past.

“We need to think about what vi­sion we may share,” said Kawaguchi, now a pro­fes­sor of Asia-Pa­cific stud­ies at the Meiji In­sti­tute for Global Af­fairs.

Cheng Yonghua, China’s am­bas­sadorhap­pen, mis­judg­mentsto Ja­pan, said willthe coun­triesbe re­duced need to to avoid re­de­fine un­nec­es­sary­their per­cep­tions es­ca­la­tions.”of each other. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Ja­pan’s “Ul­ti­mately, for­mer both for­eign coun­triesand en­vi­ron­men­tal­have to re­al­ize that they min­is­ter,are in pro­posedan in­sep­a­ra­blethat coun­tries re­la­tion­ship,”in Asia Cheng search­said. for some­thing that “Th­ey­can bind should them abide to­gether,by the as po­lit­i­cal Bud­dhism agree­ments­did in theon be­ing­past. co­op­er­a­tive“We need part­ner­sto think that about pose whatno threats vi­sion to we each may other share,” and said sup­port Kawaguchi,each other’s now peace­fula pro­fes­sor de­vel­op­ment.of Asia-Paci­ficIt is im­por­tantstud­ies at that the they Meiji should In­sti­tutefind out for a Glob­al­way to Af­fairs.get along, which goes with Chengthe times Yonghua, and is China’sin the am­bas­sador­in­ter­ests of the to two Ja­pan, peo­ples.”said the coun­tries need to re­de­fine their per­cep­tions of each other.

“Ul­ti­mately, both coun­tries have to re­al­ize that they are in an in­sep­a­ra­ble re­la­tion­ship,” Cheng said.

“They should abide by the po­lit­i­cal agree­ments on be­ing co­op­er­a­tive part­ners that pose no threats to each other CANADAand sup­port each other’s peace­ful de­vel­op­ment. It is im­por­tant that they should find out a way to get along, which goes with the times and is in the in­ter­ests of the two peo­ples.”

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