China lays out firm con­di­tions for im­proved ties with Ja­pan

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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