Japan-China Summit Telephone Talk
September 25, 2020
On September 25, commencing at 9:00 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held his first summit telephone talk with Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China. The overview is as follows.
- President Xi offered his congratulations on Prime Minister Suga's appointment to office, and expressed his willingness to continue developing the relationship between Japan and China. Prime Minister Suga stated that a stable relationship between Japan and China is extremely important not only for the two countries, but also for the region and the international community, while conveying his hope that both countries would fulfill their responsibilities.
- Both leaders also confirmed that their countries would continue to collaborate through various channels regarding COVID-19, and that they would continue to consult for the resumption of cross-border business travel as soon as possible.
- In addition to pending bilateral issues, the leaders discussed the challenges facing the region and the international community. Prime Minister Suga raised the issue of addressing North Korea, including the abductions problem, and confirmed that Japan and China would continue to cooperate with each other.
- In closing, Prime Minister Suga emphasized the importance of coordinating closely at a high level, including summit talks, for which President Xi expressed his approval, thus bringing the meeting to a close.
(note) All titles are as of the time of the talks.
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