Wang Yi Meets Japanese FM Amid Improving China-Japan Ties

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Tokyo on Sunday amid improving relations between the two nations.


During the meeting, Wang Yi acknowledged that his visit was in response to Japan’s increasingly positive and friendly attitude toward China.


Kono said that Japan wants to improve ties with China and he hopes the two countries will work together to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.


Wang is on a three-day official visit to Japan, the first by a Chinese foreign minister since November 2009.


Wang and Kono will co-chair the fourth high-level economic dialogue between the two countries on Monday.



Atsushi Kouketsu, emeritus professor at Japan’s Yamaguchi University, said improving China-Japan relations is indispensable for the stability and prosperity of Asia. It is in the interests of the people in both countries as well as the region, he said.


Kouketsu said the warming of bilateral ties should be cherished by both countries. Further improvement of the relationship needs joint efforts by both sides, especially the Japanese Government.


He called for further action from both sides, including holding high-level meetings as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges.


Jin Jianmin, a senior fellow at Fujitsu Research Institute in Tokyo, said that over the past 40 years since China’s reform and opening up, economic ties between the two countries have been developing fast despite ups and downs in their political relationship.


Japan has been sharing the fruits of China’s development and providing support through trade, investment and technology exchanges.


As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, it could be a new starting point for the two countries to launch a new edition of win-win cooperation, he said.


He hoped they could discuss cooperation plans in the new era that would benefit their peoples as well as the region.


On the Belt and Road Initiative, Jin said Japanese enterprises should seize opportunities to cooperate with leading Chinese companies and share the fruits of China’s development by joining the initiative.


Proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to achieve infrastructure, trade and people-to-people connectivity along and beyond the ancient Silk Road trade routes, building a new platform for international cooperation to create new drivers of growth.


Ukeru Magosaki, a former Japanese Foreign Ministry official, said political tensions between China and Japan have been hindering economic cooperation in recent years. Now the two sides have a good opportunity to discuss economic ties to achieve win-win cooperation.


He said economic discussions are of particular significance under the current circumstances with protectionism on the rise worldwide.


Liu Di, a professor at Kyorin University in Tokyo, said economic cooperation between China and Japan has a lot of potential under the background of Asian economic integration. The two countries can achieve mutual development if they can enhance mutual trust.


But it’s a long-term and challenging task to overcome disturbances and interferences to improve the bilateral relationship, and would need the joint efforts of the governments and people of both countries, Liu said.


Source: Xinhua, CGTN