Beijing open­ing av­enues for im­prov­ing China-Ja­pan ties

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEIJING—China on Sunday made re­quire­ments on im­prov­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and urged Ja­pan to take con­crete ac­tions, dur­ing Ja­panese For­eign Min­is­ter Fu­mio Kishida’s first of­fi­cial visit amid dis­cord of the two coun­tries.

China-Ja­pan re­la­tions went through twists and turns in re­cent years. Bi­lat­eral re­la­tions are im­prov­ing with a frag­ile foun­da­tion. The two coun­tries should keep a grip on the right di­rec­tion of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with a due sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, said Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang.

Li met with Kishida in down­town Beijing on Satur­day af­ter­noon, af­ter Kishida’s talks with For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi and his meet­ing with State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi re­spec­tively.

Li said China is will­ing, in the spirit of tak­ing the his­tory as a mir­ror and look­ing into the fu­ture, to make joint ef­forts with Ja­pan to strengthen po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust and pro­mote bi­lat­eral re­la­tions back to the track of nor­mal de­vel­op­ment.

He stressed that no am­bi­gu­ity or vac­il­la­tion is al­lowed when it comes to the mat­ters of prin­ci­ple con­cern­ing the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion for the nor­mal­iza­tion of China-Ja­pan re­la­tions.

The Ja­panese side should stick to the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, and match deeds with its words that China’s peace­ful de­vel­op­ment is an op­por­tu­nity, Li said.

He urged Ja­pan to re­ally pur­sue a pos­i­tive China pol­icy, ad­here to the four po­lit­i­cal doc­u­ments be­tween the two coun­tries, and ap­pro­pri­ately han­dle the sen­si­tive el­e­ments hav­ing fun­da­men­tal im­pacts on bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

The four doc­u­ments re­fer to the China-Ja­pan Joint State­ment inked in 1972, the China-Ja­pan Treaty of Peace and Friend­ship of 1978, the China-Ja­pan Joint Dec­la­ra­tion of 1998, and the joint state­ment on ad­vanc­ing strate­gic and mu­tu­ally-ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tions in a com­pre­hen­sive way signed in 2008.

Premier Li said Ja­pan should cre­ate a fa­vor­able at­mos­phere for the grad­ual re­sump­tion of bi­lat­eral di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nism and the tri­lat­eral sum­mit among China, Ja­pan and the Re­pub­lic of Korea (ROK), and help im­prove the sen­ti­ment of peo­ple of each other and en­hance peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes.

China, Ja­pan and the ROK restarted the tri­lat­eral lead­ers’ meet­ing in last Novem­ber, end­ing a pe­riod of diplo­matic dead­lock due to height­ened re­gional ten­sions. The three coun­tries take turns to host the meet­ing and this year the chair goes to Ja­pan. Li also called on the two coun­tries to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in all ar­eas to ben­e­fit the two peo­ples.

Kishida said the Ja­panese side, in the spirit of the four po­lit­i­cal doc­u­ments, is will­ing to ad­here to the con­sen­sus with China that the two coun­tries are each other’s co­op­er­a­tive part­ner rather than threats.

He said Ja­pan is will­ing to pay mu­tual re­spect, strengthen mu­tual trust, con­trol dis­putes, and ad­vance the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions ini­ti­ated by el­der lead­ers of the two coun­tries and build a Ja­pan-China re­la­tions fac­ing to­ward the fu­ture.

Kishida spoke highly of China’s eco­nomic struc­tural re­form and voiced will­ing­ness for fur­ther com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion with China. Dur­ing the talks with Kishida on Satur­day morn­ing, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi made a four-point re­quire­ment on im­prov­ing China-Ja­pan ties.

Firstly, in pol­i­tics, Ja­pan should stick fast to the four po­lit­i­cal doc­u­ments be­tween the two coun­tries, face up to and re­flect upon his­tory and fol­low the one-China pol­icy to the let­ter, Wang said.

No am­bi­gu­ity or vac­il­la­tion is al­lowed when it comes to this im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion of bi­lat­eral ties, he stressed. Sec­ondly, in terms of its out­look on China, Ja­pan should trans­late into con­crete ac­tions its con­sen­sus with China that the two coun­tries are co­op­er­a­tive part­ners rather than a threat to each other, ac­cord­ing to Wang.—Xin­hua

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