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China and Japan Reach a Five-point Consensus on Stabilizing and Developing Bilateral Relations

President Xi Jinping met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Bangkok, Thailand. The teams of the two sides conducted consultations and reached a five-point common understanding on stabilizing and developing bilateral relations:

First, the importance of China-Japan relations has not and will not change. Jointly abide by the principles of the four China-Japan political documents, and act on the political consensus that the two countries should “be partners, not threats”. Step up high-level exchanges, dialogue and communication, keep enhancing political mutual trust, and work together to build a stable and constructive China-Japan relationship fit for the new era.

Second, Work for an early new round of China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue. Step up cooperation in energy conservation, environmental protection, green development, health care, old-age care and other fields. Jointly foster a fair, non-discriminatory and predictable business environment for enterprises.

Third, Positive comments on the commemorative events this year for the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. A new meeting of the China-Japan high-level consultation mechanism on people-to-people and cultural exchanges will be held at an early date. Actively carry out exchanges and communication between governments, political parties, legislatures, and localities, as well as among the young people.

Fourth, An early launch of a direct telephone line under the defense sector’s maritime and air liaison mechanism. Strengthen dialogue and communication between defense and maritime departments, and jointly abide by the four-point principled common understandings reached in 2014.

Fifth, Jointly shoulder the responsibility for maintaining international and regional peace and prosperity, scale up coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, and strive to tackle global challenges.

Source: Fmprc