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Xi Jinping Meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Respectively
2019-12-24

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Great Hall of the People on December 23.

 

Xi Jinping welcomed Moon Jae-in to China to attend the 8th China, Japan and South Korea Leaders' Meeting. Xi Jinping pointed out that China and South Korea are important and influential countries in Asia and even in the world. The two countries have broad consensus on promoting better development of bilateral relations, promoting regional peace, stability and prosperity, and safeguarding multilateralism and the free trade system. They have always been friends and partners in close cooperation. Over the past two years or so, China-South Korea relations have maintained the general direction of stable development. Facing the unprecedented changes in the world in a century, China and South Korea should deepen and develop their strategic partnership, take care of each other's core interests and major concerns, and push bilateral relations to a higher level.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that the two sides should aim at achieving high-quality integrated development, further tap their potential and enhance the level and level of practical cooperation. The two sides can push forward the joint construction of the "the belt and road initiative" initiative and the docking of South Korea's development strategic plan to further achieve early results and fruitful results, speed up the second phase of negotiations on bilateral free trade agreements, deepen innovative research and development cooperation, and better realize complementary advantages and achievement sharing. We should make good use of the platform of the China-South Korea Committee for the Promotion of People-to-People Exchanges to carry out exchanges in education, sports, media, youth, local and other fields so as to continuously enhance mutual understanding and friendly feelings between the two peoples. We should strengthen law enforcement and security cooperation, jointly crack down on cross-border crimes, and safeguard social stability and harmony between the two countries.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that at present, protectionism, unilateralism and bullying are moving against the current trend, disrupting global governance and threatening world peace and stability. As a responsible big country, China has always incorporated its own development into the world development trend. It is willing to adhere to equality and mutual benefit, share opportunities and responsibilities with other countries, and is committed to building a community of human destiny. It is hoped that the two sides will continue to strengthen coordination within multilateral frameworks such as the United Nations, the Group of Twenty and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to safeguard international fairness and justice and the legitimate rights and interests of the two countries.

 

Moon Jae-in congratulated the People's Republic of China on its 70th anniversary. Moon Jae-in said that this year is a historic year for South Korea and China, and South Korea-China relations have made important progress. South Korea hopes to further expand cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, culture, sports, environmental protection and other fields between the two countries, promote the docking of the "the Belt and Road Initiative" with South Korea's "New South and New North Policy" and accelerate the joint development of third-party market cooperation.

 

South Korea is willing to strengthen communication with China and continue to do a good job in the handover of the remains of martyrs of the Chinese People's Volunteers in South Korea. South Korea believes that both Hong Kong affairs and issues involving Xinjiang are China's internal affairs. South Korea and China have a long history of exchanges and common cultural origins. The two countries are a community of destiny. The development of bilateral relations has "favorable weather and favorable geographical location". Now, with the addition of "harmony between people", a new era of South Korea-China relations will surely be opened up. South Korea understands China's position on major issues, supports free trade, and is willing to continue to strengthen communication and cooperation with China in regional international affairs.

 

The two heads of state also exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Xi Jinping pointed out that China and South Korea have the same position and interests on the Korean Peninsula issue. Both of them insist on maintaining peace and stability on the Peninsula and advocate resolving the issue through dialogue and consultation. They are a firm force for maintaining stability and promoting talks. China supports South Korea to continue to improve relations with North Korea and inject impetus into the peace talks on the peninsula. Moon Jae-in said that South Korea appreciates China's important role in resolving the Korean Peninsula issue. The opportunity for a peaceful settlement of the Peninsula issue has not come easily. South Korea is willing to make joint efforts with China to promote the peace process on the Peninsula.

 

Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng attended the meeting.

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Great Hall of the People on December 23.

 

Xi Jinping welcomed Shinzo Abe to China to attend the 8th China, Japan and South Korea Leaders' Meeting. Xi Jinping pointed out that with the joint efforts of both sides, China-Japanese relations have continued to improve and develop. In June this year, I met with the Prime Minister in Osaka and unanimously agreed to promote the construction of China-Japanese relations that meet the requirements of the new era and jointly open up a new future for bilateral relations. At present, China-Japanese relations are facing important development opportunities. China is willing to maintain close communication with Japan, strengthen political guidance, push China-Japanese relations to a new level and better benefit the two peoples.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that today's world is experiencing unprecedented changes in a century. The more complicated the situation is, the more we need to maintain our leisurely strategic determination, and the more we need to have a global vision of looking up from afar. In order to plan China-Japanese relations in the new era, we first need to define the strategic consensus. We should think and plan the relationship between the two countries from a global perspective, strengthen communication and coordination on the basis of mutual respect and seeking common ground while reserving differences, and actively promote the construction of a new pattern of joint cooperation and mutual benefit. This should become the common strategic guideline for both sides to develop China-Japanese relations in the new era. The two sides should grasp the correct direction, abide by the principles established in the four Sino-Japanese political documents, properly handle major sensitive issues and consolidate the political foundation of bilateral relations. This is the foundation that both sides must always stick to in developing the new era of China-Japanese relations. It must not be ambiguous or wavered at any time. The two sides should implement the political consensus of "being partners and not posing a threat to each other" between China and Japan, and in the spirit of "turning competition into coordination", push forward the sustained development of bilateral relations along the right track.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that the two sides should expand practical cooperation, promote high-quality co-construction of the "the Belt and Road Initiative" and Sino-Japanese third-party market cooperation, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things and other fields, actively cultivate a two-way open, fair, transparent and non-discriminatory innovation environment, and strive to achieve a higher level of mutual benefit and win-win. We should strengthen exchanges in the fields of culture, tourism, education and other humanities, promote two-way exchanges among young people, expand cooperation between local friendly cities, support each other in running the Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing Winter Olympics well, and consolidate the foundation of friendship between the two peoples. We should enhance mutual trust in security and build constructive security relations more actively. We should demonstrate our international commitment, safeguard multilateralism and free trade, and promote the construction of an open world economy.

 

Shinzo Abe said that Japan and China have maintained frequent high-level exchanges this year, enhancing mutual understanding. The development momentum of Japan-China relations is good. The development of bilateral relations is of great significance to regional and world peace, stability and prosperity. Japan attaches great importance to and looks forward to President Xi Jinping's state visit to Japan next spring. Japan is willing to communicate closely with China to ensure the success of the visit and build a Japan-China relationship that meets the requirements of the new era. Japan hopes that the two sides will continue to expand practical cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, investment, innovation, tourism, culture and sports. Japan is willing to actively promote third-party market cooperation with China and strengthen communication and coordination on regional issues.

 

Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng attended the meeting.