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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi
2020-11-24

On November 24, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was on an official visit to Japan, held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Tokyo.

Wang Yi said, the COVID-19 is still raging around the world, which has accelerated changes in the international landscape. The world is entering a period of turbulence and transformation. As close neighbors and long-term partners, China and Japan should timely hold strategic communication. Therefore, it is timely and significant for the foreign ministers of the two countries to hold the first face-to-face contact against the COVID-19.

Wang Yi said, since the outbreak of the COVID-19, China and Japan have worked together and supported and helped each other, writing a touching story of "Miles Apart, but Close at Heart". Both sides actively resume work and production to accelerate their economic recovery. After the new Japanese administration was established, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had a phone call, which charted a clear course for the bilateral relations in the future. Under the new situation, China and Japan should stay their courses and deepen cooperation in fight against the pandemic and other fields. They should uphold multilateralism, jointly respond to risks and challenges, and build bilateral relations that meet the requirements of the new era, injecting positive energy to the stable China-Japan relations and the world fraught with uncertainties.

Wang Yi emphasized, thanks to joint efforts, China-Japan relations get back on track and show positive momentum toward improved and stronger ties. This is worth cherishing and upholding by the two sides. The leaders of the two states have achieved the important consensuses of "regarding each other as partners rather than threats" and "turning competition into coordination". The Chinese side stands ready to work with the Japanese side on the basis of the above consensuses, seek cooperation of higher quality in the post-pandemic era, and create a win-win situation for China and Japan.

Wang Yi said, both sides should overcome the impact of the COVID-19, gradually resume dialogues and exchanges in all fields, and continue to strengthen cooperation in fighting COVID-19. They should expand win-win cooperation in trade and investment, service trade, energy conservation and environmental protection, e-commerce, medical treatment and healthcare, disaster prevention and reduction, digital economy, green development, subnational exchanges, and climate change. Both countries also agree to support each other in hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Beijing Winter Olympics. Leveraging the 50th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties in 2022, the two sides will elevate their relations to a new height. Both sides shall take the long view and keep their differences under control. They should transform all negative forces into positive ones to pursue the development of bilateral ties along the right track in the spirit of peace, friendship and win-win cooperation.

Wang Yi said, China appreciates Japan's constructive role in signing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and stands ready to expedite negotiations on the China-Japan-ROK Free Trade Zone for a trilateral free trade arrangement at a higher level. China will remain in close communication and coordination with Japan to promote Asia-Pacific cooperation.

Toshimitsu Motegi said, Wang Yi's visit to Japan is the first face-to-face contact between foreign ministers of the two countries after the outbreak of the virus, which is significant for resuming bilateral exchanges at the top levels. A stable relation is both vital for the two countries and the international community. The leaders of the two countries have reached consensuses on improving and developing China-Japan relations. Japan will work with China to implement the consensuses reached by the leaders of the two countries, maintain close high-level communication, and resume negotiations and security dialogues of parliaments, economy and trade, and foreign affairs authorities. The two sides should expand cooperation in fields such as tourism, health care, energy conservation and environmental protection, agro-product trade, and climate change, and promote youth exchanges, and cultural and sports exchanges. Japan thanks China for its support in Japan's fight against the virus, and it is willing to work with China to strengthen cooperation in fighting COVID-19. He hopes to increase cooperation in hosting the Olympic Games, and will pass down the baton of the Olympic Games from Tokyo to Beijing. Both sides should leverage the preparations for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties to accumulate cooperation achievements and create a favorable atmosphere.

Both sides agree that they support each other in hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Beijing Winter Olympics. While strictly putting virus control measures in place, they will launch the "fast track" for the necessary flow of personnel between the two countries within this month to facilitate business activities. The two sides will establish a climate change policy consultation mechanism, and an inter-departmental consultation mechanism on cooperation in food, agricultural products and aquatic products, and start preparations for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties in 2022.

The two sides also held an in-depth exchange of views over international and regional issues of mutual interest. After the talks, they jointly met the journalists.

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