China lays out firm conditions for improved ties with Japan
BEIJING—China laid out firm conditions Saturday for improved ties with Japan, telling Tokyo’s visiting foreign minister that there could be “no ambiguity or vacillation” in meeting Beijing’s demands over historical interpretation, relations with Taiwan and other key matters.
Beijing portrayed the visit by Fumio Kishida as an act of outreach to an angry China, as the two sides try to repair relations bedeviled by disputes over territory, history and competition for influence in East Asia. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Kishida that the ties must be based on “respect for history, adherence to commitment, and on cooperation rather than confrontation.”
Relations have gone through “twists and turns in recent years due to reasons best known by Japan,” Wang said, adding that China desires “healthy and stable relations” with its neighbor and key economic partner. Japan needs to “turn its words into deeds,” Wang said.
In an elaboration on Wang’s comments, the Foreign Ministry quoted him as saying that Japan must adhere to commitments laid down in previous agreements, “face up to and reflect upon the history and follow the one-China policy to the letter,” the last part a reference to Beijing’s insistence that self-governing Taiwan is Chinese territory. “No ambiguity or vacillation is allowed when it comes to this important political foundation of the bilateral ties,” the ministry quoted Wang as saying.— AP