Japan-China Relations

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
[Reference] Recent Japan-China Summit Telephone Talks
(note) All titles are as of the time of the talks.
  • September 28, 2007: Prime Minister FUKUDA Yasuo and Premier Wen Jiabao
  • June 13, 2010: Prime Minister KAN Naoto and Premier Wen Jiabao
  • April 12, 2011: Prime Minister KAN Naoto and Premier Wen Jiabao
  • September 6, 2011: Prime Minister NODA Yoshihiko and Premier Wen Jiabao
  • May 4, 2018: Prime Minister ABE Shinzo and President Xi Jinping

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