Japan-China Relations

Japan-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting

September 27, 2018

  • Japan-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting1
  • Japan-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting2
  • Japan-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting3
On September 27, commencing at 4:30 p.m. (local time; 5:30 a.m. on September 28, Japan time) for approximately 40 minutes (consecutive interpretation), Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting New York, the United States of America, to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), held a Japan-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting with Mr. Wang Yi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister for the People's Republic of China. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1 Beginning

(1)State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang expressed his pleasure to meet Mr. Kono again, and stated the following:
  1. Recently, the series of positive exchanges between Japan and China have been continuing. At the recent meeting in Vladivostok between Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and Mr. Xi Jinping, President of China, a shared awareness was reached with regard to maintaining the momentum of sound improvement in Japan-China relations.
  2. The two sides are holding discussions on following up the outcomes of the visit to Japan by Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of China, in May this year, and contact is also underway at the working level regarding Prime Minister Abe's visit to China, which will take place soon.
  3. There is a need to attach importance to the current momentum, and seize the 40th anniversary as an opportunity to meet each other halfway while advancing sound and stable Japan-China relations along "the normal track."
(2)Minister Kono expressed gratitude for the sympathy extended by China with regard to the recent typhoon and earthquake disasters, and stated the following.
  1. I am extremely happy that as a result of frequent exchanges at the foreign minister level, the relationship between Japan and China is returning to a form that befits neighboring countries. 
  2. The Japan-China Summit Meeting in Vladivostok the other day also took place in an extremely relaxed atmosphere. The mutual trust between the two leaders deepened further. 
  3. The two sides have already shared the view that the Prime Minister will visit China as early as next month, and today I hope to specifically discuss how Japan and China should take this important next step.
  4. In addition, with regard to the North Korea problem, I hope to discuss approaches to Japan-China coordination based on the most recent situation.

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(1)The two sides welcomed that the recent Japan-China Summit Meeting between Prime Minister Abe and President Xi was held in an extremely relaxed atmosphere, and was a meeting that led to a deepening in mutual trust between the two leaders. On that basis, Minister Kono and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang shared the view that the two countries' foreign affairs authorities will undertake thorough preparations to ensure that Prime Minister Abe's visit to China, which is under coordination towards being implemented as early as October, is successful.       

(2)With regard to the field of the economy, the two sides once again shared the view that the outcomes of Premier Li's visit to Japan, such as Japan-China private-sector economic cooperation in third countries and the deepening of financial cooperation, will be steadily realized, and that communication regarding innovation and intellectual property rights will be strengthened. 

(3)The two sides shared the view that they will continue striving to promote people-to-people exchanges in order to improve the public sentiment that forms the foundation for bilateral relations, and in particular the young generation's mutual awareness. Furthermore, they shared the view that they will strive to further strengthen communication between the two countries' foreign affairs authorities in various fields. 

(4)The two sides shared the view that the stability of the East China Sea is important. Minister Kono once again emphasized that there will need to be concrete progress in the maritime and security fields, including the issue of resources development, in order to put the Japan-China relationship on a truly stable development path.

3 North Korea situation

(1) The two sides shared recognition that it will be important to connect the recent Inter-Korean Summit and the series of meetings held on the occasion of this UNGA to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which is a common goal of Japan and China, and shared the view that they will continue to coordinate closely.

(2) Minister Kono expressed the view that on the basis of the shared awareness regarding the importance of completely fulfilling UN Security Council resolutions, Japan hopes to work with China, including in addressing "ship-to-ship transfers."