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Wang Yi Meets with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi of Japan

On September 26, 2019 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi of Japan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Wang Yi congratulated Toshimitsu Motegi on taking up the post of Foreign Minister of Japan. He said, President Xi Jinping held a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G20 Osaka Summit in June this year, during which the leaders of the two countries reached the important consensus on constructing China-Japan relations that fit the needs of the new area. The Chinese side is willing to work together with the Japanese side to actively push the implementation of the consensus of the leaders, plan and coordinate the high-level exchanges for the next stage, overcome difficulties, and remove disturbances, so as to ensure the sustained and steady development of bilateral relations on the right track.

Wang Yi said, in recent years, the connotation of China-Japan relations has been continuously extended and the strategic value has become increasingly prominent. It is hoped that the two sides will earnestly abide by the principles set forth in the four political documents between China and Japan, handle conflicts and divergences constructively, constantly consolidate the political foundation of bilateral relations, and keep opening up new prospects for cooperation. As neighbors and the world's two major economies, China and Japan should not only maintain and develop bilateral relations, but also jointly oppose protectionism and unilateralism, uphold multilateralism and free trade, and inject more positive energy into regional and global peace and prosperity. The two countries should work together to conclude negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) within this year and step up efforts to forge a high-level free trade agreement among China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Toshimitsu Motegi extended his congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He said, Japan and China are permanent neighboring countries and the two sides should draw on each other's merits and learn from each other. As Japan and China shoulder important responsibilities for regional peace and stability, the two countries should overcome conflicts and divergences to develop friendly relations that meet the needs of the new era. The Japanese side hopes to engage in frequent high-level visits with the Chinese side, promote cooperation in innovation, deepen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and actively carry out the third-party market cooperation. The Japanese side is willing to make active efforts to promote the conclusion of RCEP negotiations within this year.

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