Meeting between Ms. Chinami Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Wang Guangya, Vice Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China (Overview)

April 27, 2010

  1. Ms. Chinami Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, expressed her sympathy for the victims of the earthquake in Qinghai Province. She also said that high-level exchanges should be continued followed by the meeting between Mr. Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan, and Mr. Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, in Washington on April 12. She also stated that she expected the upcoming 2010 Expo Shanghai to be successful.

  2. Vice Minister Wang Guangya responded by saying that Japan-China relations were progressing towards a positive direction since the establishment of the Hatoyama Administration owing to the efforts made by both governments. He also stated that, on the occasion of upcoming high-level visits and the 2010 Expo Shanghai, further development of the relations between the two countries would be expected on a political level as well as on the level of the feelings of the general public.

  3. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nishimura highly evaluated the efforts by China with regard to the apprehension of a suspect in the dumpling incident, and said that she expected further investigations as well as the progression of establishment of “The Japan-China Food Safety Promotion Initiative”. Vice Minister Wang Guangya responded by stating that China had claimed that the dumpling incident was a criminal incident from the very beginning, and that he would like to promote further cooperation between law enforcement authorities of both countries on the basis of the arrest of the suspect. He also said that he understood the high level of concern among Japanese citizens regarding the safety of food products, and that he would like to strengthen cooperation in that area.

  4. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nishimura said that she found it regretful that there had been no development in working-level talks regarding the resource development in the East China Sea. She also expressed regret with regard to the two incidents in which Chinese naval helicopters approached Japanese escort vessels, and that the cooperation of both countries towards the establishment of a maritime communication mechanism was necessary. Vice Minister Wang Guangya responded by stating that China was merely conducting routine exercises, and that these exercises did not make any object whatsoever into a target. He also remarked that it was necessary for both countries to exchange their views regarding the incidents.

  5. Both officials agreed to continue strengthening cooperation toward development and peace in southern Asia as observers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SSARC).

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