Chinese FM urges Japan to eliminate factors that disturb ties

BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday called on Japan to eliminate unrest undermining China-Japan relations and work with China to uphold their hard-won friendship. with so much effort.

Wang made the remarks during a virtual meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Last year, the top leaders of the two countries reached an important consensus on building a relationship that meets the requirements of the new era, Wang said.

He urged the two sides to follow the consensus as a guide and seize the 50th anniversary of the normalization of their diplomatic relations this year as an opportunity to consolidate the political foundation of bilateral relations and maintain and develop the hard-won friendship forged by the two. towns

Japan’s negative moves on Taiwan and other issues related to China’s core interests and major concerns have become prominent recently. In response, Wang called for disruptive factors in bilateral relations to be removed as soon as possible.

He urged the Japanese side to honor the commitment it has made so far, uphold the basic trust between the two countries, and prevent forces trying to undermine China-Japan relations from gaining ground.

Addressing the issue of the “quadrangle mechanism” summit between the United States, Japan, Australia and India, to be hosted by Japan next month, Wang said what causes concern and alarm is that even before the US leader arrives , the argument that Japan and the United States would jointly take on China has already been widely heard.

“Japan and the United States are allies, while China and Japan have a peace and friendship treaty,” Wang said, noting that bilateral cooperation between Japan and the United States should not provoke inter-bloc confrontation, let alone undermine sovereignty and Chinese security. and development interests.

“We hope that Japan will not pick chestnuts from the fire for others and avoid confronting its neighbors,” Wang said.

For his part, Hayashi said that Japan and China share extensive common interests and enjoy huge potential and broad prospects for cooperation.

Japan is ready to work with China to cherish the original aspiration to normalize diplomatic relations, maintain frank communication, reduce misunderstandings and misjudgments, properly handle sensitive issues, and enhance political mutual trust, he said.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest and agreed to continue communication.

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