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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan

On August 1, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan in Bangkok, Thailand.

Wang Yi expressed, the current improvement and development of China-Japan relations does not come easily and should be cherished. President Xi Jinping had a fruitful meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G20 Osaka Summit. They reached important consensus on building a China-Japan relationship which conforms to the requirements of the new era, thus charting the course for and inject vitality into the further development of bilateral relations. China-Japan relations are now facing an important chance for greater improvement and development. The Chinese side is willing to make joint efforts with the Japanese side to promote the implementation of the important consensus reached by the two state leaders and ensure steady and sound development of bilateral relations along the right track.

Wang Yi noted, both sides should maintain the sound momentum of high-level exchanges, make stead headway in practical cooperation in all fields, and carry out cooperation in third-party market and innovation. On the basis of the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, the two sides should jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative with high quality. It is hoped that the Japanese side will provide Chinese companies a business environment that is fair, equitable, non-discriminatory and predictable. The two sides should advance youth exchanges and consolidate the public opinion foundation for China-Japan relations. The Japanese side should continue to properly address the major issues concerning history and Taiwan which matter of principle, enhance political mutual trust, and eliminate disturbances for building a China-Japan relationship which conforms to the requirements of the new era. Under the current circumstances, it is also necessary for both sides to boost communication and coordination in the international arena, firmly uphold multilateralism and free trade system, and propel the regional integration process.

Taro Kono said, the Japanese side looks forward to President Xi Jinping's state visit to Japan next spring and stands ready to work with the Chinese side to make perfect arrangement and planning to ensure it a completely successful visit and elevate Japan-China relations to higher level. The Japanese side is willing to join hands with the Chinese side to implement the consensus reached by the two state leaders at their meeting in Osaka, strengthen exchanges and dialogues at all levels, deepen practical cooperation, and boost people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The success of the G20 Osaka Summit releases a positive signal of sticking to multilateralism and free trade. The Japanese side is grateful to the Chinese side for its positive contributions.

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