Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Meets with Yang Jiechi

On May 17, 2019, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan met in Tokyo with Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee Yang Jiechi.

Yang Jiechi conveyed greetings from President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yang Jiechi said that since the beginning of this year, Mr. Prime Minister has repeatedly expressed in public the willingness to further develop China-Japan relations. Not long ago, Mr. Prime Minister appointed Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary-General of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which has generated positive reactions in both countries. The China-Japan relations are at a new historic starting point, facing important opportunities. Under the guidance of the four political documents between China and Japan and the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, and in the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking into the future, the Chinese side is ready to work with the Japanese side to strengthen high-level guidance, enhance political mutual trust, firmly grasp the general direction of peace, friendship and cooperation, and push for steady development of bilateral relations on the right track. The Chinese side supports Japan in hosting a successful G20 Osaka Summit, which will effectively boost confidence and positive expectations from the international community and inject more positive energy into world economic development.

Shinzo Abe asked Yang Jiechi to convey his warm greetings to Chinese leaders. He said this year is an important year, as Japan has entered the Reiwa Era and the Chinese side will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Japan will host the G20 Osaka Summit in line with the principle of fairness and justice. I am looking forward to meeting with President Xi Jinping in Osaka to further promote bilateral relations and open a new era of Japan-China relations.

Yang Jiechi visited Japan and co-chaired the sixth high-level political dialogue between China and Japan at the invitation of head of Japanese National Security Council Shotaro Yachi. During the visit, Yang Jiechi also met with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan and Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga respectively.

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