Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 35th Anniversary of Signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China
August 12, 2013
1. On August 12, 2013, the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China marked the 35th anniversary of its signature.
2. In the past 35 years, Japan and China have deepened their cooperative relationship in every field such as politics, economy, and culture. The Treaty which legally regulates the bilateral relationship has played an important role in strengthening the cooperative relationship between the two countries. Continuous promotion of the mutual relationship based on the principles and spirit of four basic documents between Japan and China, including the Treaty, will benefit both countries as well as the region and international society.
3. The Japan-China relationship is one of the most important bilateral relationships for each of the two countries. While various problems may arise since the two countries are neighbors, it is the position of the Government of Japan to enhance the Japan-China relationship based on the “Mutually Beneficial Relationship based on Common Strategic Interests” which aims to prevent individual problems from influencing the entire bilateral relationship and to develop the relationship.
* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original in Japanese.