Overview of Japan-China Summit Meeting
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
On November 13, Mr. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, held talks with Mr. Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, for approximately 23 minutes, beginning at 5:25PM (Japan Standard Time), on the sidelines of the APEC Summit Meeting in Yokohama (participants from the Japanese side: Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary; Mr. Uichiro Niwa, Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, and others; participants from the Chinese side: Mr. Dai Bingguo, State Councilor; Dr. Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Cheng Yonghua, Ambassador to Japan, and others).
The overview of the meeting is as follows:
1. Opening Remarks
- At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Kan expressed his heartfelt welcome to President Hu, whom he met the last time in Toronto in June 2010, upon his visit to Yokoyama to participate in the APEC Summit Meeting. Prime Minister Kan continued by saying that, based on the agreement that both leaders had in the last meeting, he would like to reconfirm with President Hu that Japan and China, as neighboring countries separated by a thin strip of water, will promote the "Mutually Beneficial Relationship based on Common Strategic Interests" from a broader point of view.
- In response, President Hu stated that he appreciated the invitation to the APEC Summit Meeting and that he believed that this APEC would certainly be successful as a result of the complete and detailed preparations by the Japanese side, including Prime Minister Kan. Then President Hu stated that the development of Japan-China relations was at a critical juncture and that following the path of peace, friendship and cooperation would be of basic interest for both countries and their people.
2. Japan-China Relations
- Prime Minister Kan expressed the firm position of Japan on the Senkaku Islands. In response, President Hu stated the Chinese position.
- Both sides agreed on the following three points: first, steady development of the Japan-China "Mutually Beneficial Relationship based on Common Strategic Interests" over the long term is important for the peace and development of the region and the international community, and serves the interests of the people of both countries; second, both sides will promote exchanges and cooperation between the two governments as well as at the private-sector level; and third, both sides will strengthen cooperation for dealing with global challenges, including issues in the economic field based on the outcome of the most recent G20 and APEC meetings. Both leaders shared the hope that this summit meeting would serve to improve and advance Japan-China relations.
- During the conversation, Prime Minister Kan stated that Japan and China had a longstanding relationship spanning thousands of years until now and that exchanges between the two countries had been active at the private-sector level as well as in trade. He then said that Japan-China relations enjoyed the most active exchanges of any of Japan's bilateral relationships, and expressed his great delight in seeing dynamic exchanges through events such as the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China and the Guangzhou 2010 Asia Games.
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