Author: Wang Xuejing
Posted on: CGTN | May 16th, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said he hopes to move Sino-Japanese relations in the right direction, adding that there’re new opportunities for the bilateral ties.
Xi made the remarks when holding talks in Beijing with Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary General of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Nikai was visiting Beijing to attend a two-day summit on China’s Belt and Road initiative that concluded on Monday.
Referring to Nikai as Chinese people’s good friend, Xi praised his efforts to promote Sino-Japanese ties as well as his participation and Japan’s interest in the Belt and Road initiative.
Noting that 2017 and 2018 respectively mark the 45th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations and the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between China and Japan, Xi said bilateral ties are faced with both new opportunities and outstanding challenges.
To improve bilateral relationship, the two sides should abide by the four political documents and the four-point agreement between the two countries, and uphold the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking forward to the future, Xi said.
Xi stressed the importance of peaceful development of China-Japan relations and called for win-win cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. The two countries, as major economies in the world, share common interests in promoting economic globalization and trade liberalization, he said.
In turn, Nikai expressed Japan’s willingness to cooperate with China under the Initiative. He also said Tokyo would work with Beijing to hold several ceremonial events this year and in 2018 to mark the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.
The ruling party heavyweight was visiting Beijing for the Belt and Road Forum, the highest-profile international meeting on the Belt and Road initiative thus far.