Overview of Japan-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting
On November 14, Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held talks with Dr. Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, for approximately 35 minutes, beginning around 10:00AM (Japan Standard Time), on the sidelines of the APEC Summit Meeting in Yokohama. The overview of the meeting is as follows:
1. Yokohama APEC
- Foreign Minister Yang expressed his high evaluation and gratitude for Japan's hosting of the APEC meetings.
2. Japan-China Relations
- Both sides shared recognition regarding the following points: first, both countries will achieve improvements in public sentiment in both countries by steadily promoting exchanges at the private-sector level as well as cultural exchanges; second, both countries will make efforts to materialize the "Mutually Beneficial Relationship based on Common Strategic Interests" by cooperating in addressing bilateral, regional (including the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia) and global issues such as climate change; and third, both countries will promote Japan-ROK-China trilateral cooperation, looking ahead to next year when Japan will assume the role of chair for the trilateral dialogue.
- Furthermore, Minister Maehara asked for support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China for a visit by a delegation of the Democratic Party of Japan, headed by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Secretary General of the party. In response, Minister Yang agreed to provide assistance.
- Minister Maehara referred to the early resumption of negotiations on the international agreements based on the 2008 bilateral agreement regarding resource development in the East China Sea as well as bilateral aviation talks. In response, Minister Yang stated that the necessary conditions should be met and the right atmosphere should exist to promote cooperation. That said, he confirmed that the Chinese side is still committed in a consistent manner to the idea of implementing the bilateral agreement of June 2008 so as to make the East China Sea a "Sea of Peace, Cooperation and Friendship."
- Following up requests made and conveyed by the Japanese side to the Chinese side through a diplomatic channel, Minister Maehara requested a detailed explanation from the Chinese side about the legal background of the detention case in Hubei Province involving Japanese citizens. In response, Minister Yang stated that it was clear that the Japanese citizens entered a restricted military area and that foreign nationals in China should comply with Chinese law.
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