On November 25 local time, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tokyo.
Shinzo Abe said that in recent years, high-level exchanges between Japan and China have been frequent, and the process of improving bilateral relations has made positive progress. The Japanese side is eagerly looking forward to President Xi Jinping's state visit to Japan next spring, and believes that this visit will certainly be a major opportunity to promote the building of Japan-China relations in the new era. The stability of Japan-China relations is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in Asia and is also crucial to addressing current global challenges. The Japanese side is willing to work with the Chinese side to open up a new future for Japan-China relations. The Japanese side welcomes the two countries to launch a high-level consultation mechanism for people-to-people exchanges, and is willing to continue to enhance the national feelings of the two countries with the Chinese side, properly handle sensitive issues of difference, and create a good atmosphere and conditions for the improvement and development of Japan-China relations. I look forward to further in-depth communication with Chinese leaders on bilateral relations during my visit to China next month to attend the China-Japan-ROK Leaders' Meeting.
Wang Yi said: With the political leadership of the two countries and the joint efforts of the two sides, China-Japan relations are back on track and continuously improving and developing. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met successfully in Osaka in June this year and reached an important consensus on building a China-Japan relationship that meets the requirements of the new era. He said that bilateral relation have gone through twists and turn, and that the present situation has not come easily and should be treasured. China and Japan need to promote that continuous improvement and development of China-Japan relations from a longer-term perspective and from a broader perspective. It is hoped that the Japanese side will act in the same direction as the Chinese side, take more positive actions, properly manage and handle differences, and create a good atmosphere and conditions for the proposed major political and diplomatic agenda of the two countries. The improvement and development of China-Japan relations not only conforms to the interests of the two countries and their people, but also has great positive significance for regional peace and stability, and at the same time will inject stability into the current uncertain world situation. China welcomes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to attend the China-Japan-ROK Summit next month. China is ready to make joint effort with Japan to give full play to that role of the high-level people-to-people exchange and consultation mechanism, open up a new era of large-scale exchanges between national, local and young people of the two countries, and create a brighter future for China-Japan relations.