Min­is­ters hope to ease neigh­bourly feud

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China laid out firm con­di­tions yes­ter­day 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 neigh­bour and key eco­nomic part­ner. Wang said Japan needs to “turn its words into deeds”. The For­eign Min­istry quoted him as say­ing that Japan must ad­here to com­mit­ments in pre­vi­ous agree­ments, “face up and fol­low the one-China pol­icy to the let­ter” - ref­er­ence to Bei­jing’s in­sis­tence that Tai­wan is Chi­nese ter­ri­tory.

VISIT: Fu­mio Kishida (left) shakes hands with Wang Yi

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