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Wang Yi: China and Japan Achieve Five Consensuses and Six Decisions
2020-11-24

On November 24, 2020 local time, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi jointly met the journalists in Tokyo.

Wang Yi said, as the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging across the globe, the human community shares weal and woe, and the interests and security of all countries are closely linked. Both China and Japan, as important countries in the region and the world, as well as partners of strategic and mutually beneficial cooperation, bear the responsibility to strengthen solidarity and coordination to jointly tackle the challenges.

Wang expressed, his meeting with Motegi is the first face-to-face contact between the two foreign ministers since the outbreak of the pandemic. They have candid and in-depth discussions on bilateral relations as well as international and regional issues of common interest, and reach five consensuses and six concrete results.

Both countries agree that under the strategic guidance of the leaders of two states and based on the four political documents between the two countries, China and Japan should follow the spirit of regarding each other as partners rather than threats, enhance mutual trust and engage in positive interactions so as to build bilateral relations that meet the requirements of the new era.

Both sides agree to continue to jointly fight the pandemic, exchange information in a timely manner, carry out medical and drug cooperation, safeguard the health of the two peoples and make joint contributions to regional and international public health cooperation.

Both countries agree to work together to promote economic recovery, hold a new round of high-level economic dialogue at an appropriate time next year, and continue to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as scientific and technological innovation, energy conservation and environmental protection, medical care and health care, e-commerce and third-party markets.

Both sides agree to make efforts for the early enforcement of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), accelerate negotiations on the China-Japan-South Korea free trade area and the regional cooperation, and jointly uphold and strengthen the rules-based multilateral trading system.

Both countries also agree to support each other in hosting the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Beijing Winter Olympics and make these two major sport events a success. Meanwhile, both sides will hold a meeting of the high-level consultation mechanism on people-to-people exchanges at an appropriate time, fully resume the mutual flow of personnel when the pandemic is over, expand local exchanges and cooperation, enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, and improve the public opinion environment for bilateral relations.

Several decisions are also made between the two sides: First, while strictly putting virus control measures in place, the "fast track" for the necessary flow of personnel between the two countries will be launched within this month to further promote the cooperation on the resumption of work and production. Second, the two countries will establish an inter-departmental consultation mechanism on cooperation in food, agricultural products and aquatic products, speed up communication and coordination and work for early progress in the sector. Third, the two sides will establish a climate change policy consultation mechanism, promoting policy coordination and practical cooperation on climate change and environmental protection. Fourth, the two countries will launch preparations for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties in 2022, and actively consider postponing the China-Japan Cultural and Sports Exchange Promotion Year to next year and 2022. Fifth, the two countries will hold a new round of high-level consultation on maritime affairs next month to strengthen communication and exchanges between the foreign affairs departments and maritime law enforcement agencies of the two countries. Sixth, the two countries will strive to launch the direct line under the maritime and air contact mechanism between their defense departments within this year so as to strengthen risk management and control and enhance security mutual trust.

Wang said, under the new circumstances, China is ready to work with Japan to shoulder responsibilities and promote cooperation with a broader vision, more effective actions and in a wider range of fields, to bring more benefits to the two peoples as well as the international community.

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