Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Meets with Wang Yi
2020/11/25

On November 25, 2020 local time, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tokyo.

Wang Yi first conveyed a verbal message from President Xi Jinping to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and cordial greetings from Chinese leaders. Wang Yi said that after the establishment of the new Japanese administration, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held a phone conversation, reaching important consensus on improving bilateral ties, which has enabled a stable transition for bilateral relations and provided a clear direction for developing bilateral relations in the next stage.

Wang Yi said after years of efforts, China-Japan relations have returned to the right track and both sides should cherish the hard-won situation. Going forward, China is willing to work with Japan to build a bilateral relationship that meets the requirements of the new era and hopes such a bilateral relationship will be realized at an early date to bear fruit, benefit the two peoples, and lay a solid foundation for the 50th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations in 2022. First, the two sides need to build genuine mutual trust, properly handle sensitive issues and advance an all-round cooperation. Second, the two countries need to push forward regional cooperation, speed up the building of the free trade zone and jointly build a better future for Asia. Third, the two countries need to make joint efforts to reform the global governance system, make globalization to be more open and inclusive and of win-win results, and shoulder their due international responsibilities.

Suga thanked President Xi for his important message and asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to Chinese leaders. Suga said that the development of stable Japan-China relations is not only of great significance to both countries, but also to the region and the international community, adding that this is a shared responsibility of the two countries. The new Japanese Cabinet attaches great importance to Japan-China relations and is willing to work with China to enhance mutual trust and jointly push for a steady development of bilateral relations. The Japanese side hopes to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese side to make both the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Beijing Winter Olympics a success, and to jointly celebrate the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China diplomatic relations.

During his visit to Japan, Wang Yi also held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai, respectively.

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