(Provisional Translation)

Joint Press Statement on the Strengthening Exchange and Cooperation between the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China

Japanese

In response to an invitation extended by the Government of Japan, President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China made a State Visit to Japan from May 6 to May 10, 2008, and engaged in fruitful talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. The leaders issued the Joint Statement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the comprehensive promotion of a "Mutually Beneficial Relationship Based on Common Strategic Interests" and arrived at the following shared views to steadily implement the Joint Statement.

  1. The Japanese side invited President Hu Jintao to the Outreach Session of the G8 Summit to be held at Toyako, Hokkaido, in July 2008. The Chinese side stated that it would consider the invitation in a serious and forward-looking manner.
  2. The Chinese side invited Prime Minister Fukuda to the 7th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to be held in Beijing in October 2008. The Japanese side stated that it would consider the invitation in a serious and forward-looking manner.
  3. The Japanese side proposed that the Japan-China-Korea Trilateral Summit Meeting be held in Japan during the autumn 2008. The Chinese side stated that it would consider the proposal in a serious and forward-looking manner.
  4. Both sides positively evaluated the important role of the Japan-China Strategic Dialogue in improving and advancing Japan-China relations, and will continue to attach importance to this Dialogue.
  5. Both sides welcomed the consensus at the Japan-China Press Secretary Consultations held in Tokyo in April 2008, to cooperate in the field of media and public relations, to strengthen the direct contact between the office of the Press Secretary of Japan and that of China and to work together to provide an objective and accurate information to mass media in both nations, for the purpose of further deepening mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries. Both sides decided to hold the next round of consultations in Beijing at a mutually convenient time.
  6. The Minister of Defense of Japan will visit China by the end of 2008 for the purpose of fostering mutual trust between the defense authorities of the two countries.
  7. Both sides welcomed the Japan-China Defense Officials Consultations held in March 2008. High-level defense officials consultations will continue to be held for the purpose of deepening mutual understanding between defense authorities of the two countries.
  8. Following the visit to China by Japan's Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Office in February 2008, the Commander of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force will visit Japan in June 2008, followed by the Commander of the PLA Navy and the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA who will visit Japan during the second half of 2008.
  9. Following the visit to Japan by the PLA naval vessels in November 2007, naval vessels of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (SDF) will visit China in June 2008.
  10. Both sides welcomed the First Meeting of the Joint Working Group held in Beijing in late April to establish maritime communication mechanisms between the defense authorities of Japan and China for the prevention of unforeseen naval accidents. Both sides will endeavor to establish such mechanisms at an early date.
  11. Both sides will consider expanding the scope of exchange between the respective branches of their forces, and between their defense-related educational and research institutions.
  12. Both sides will consider possibilities for cooperation in such areas as United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (PKO) and disaster relief activities.
  13. Both sides decided that mutual visits between young officers of China's PLA and Japan's SDF will be stepped up for the purposes of deepening mutual understanding between the defense authorities of the two countries and for fostering better understanding of each other's countries. Furthermore, both sides decided that they will invite to their country a group of about fifteen company-officer-level officers from the other nation for a week-long visit in the fiscal year 2008.
  14. Both sides positively evaluated the role played by the New Japan-China Friendship Committee for the 21st Century, under the attention of the leaders of the two countries, in making valuable recommendations for the improvement and advancement of Japan-China relations, and look forward to the final report of the Committee to be submitted at the end of 2008.
  15. Both sides positively evaluated the role played by Japan-China joint research on history and will continue this activity.
  16. Both sides welcomed the fact that the total movement of people between Japan and China reached around 5 million persons in 2007, and will continue to cooperate closely to further expand people-to-people exchange and to deepen mutual understanding.
  17. Both sides expressed their satisfaction with the smooth launching of the Japan-China Youth Friendship Exchange Year. Both sides confirmed that youth exchange programs involving about 4,000 persons per year will be implemented during the coming four years, and that efforts will be made to ensure the implementation of the most effective forms of youth exchange.
  18. Both sides shared the view that Japan-China youth friendship exchange will be continued over the long term. Furthermore, both sides will call on various groups and organizations in their respective countries to strengthen their cooperation in promoting youth exchange.
  19. Both sides shared the view that further strengthening of exchange between mid-level officials of the two countries has a positive significance, and will continue to support exchange and cooperation in this area.
  20. Both sides hope that the Beijing Olympic Games will be a success and will serve as an opportunity to further promote exchange as well as to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the people of the two countries.
  21. Both sides welcomed the signing of an agreement on the establishment of culture center in each country, and expressed the hope that these centers will play a positive role in promoting mutual understanding between the people of the two countries.
  22. Both sides will actively engage in exchange and cooperation in the area of the human arts, and will encourage joint research conducted by related institutions and social groups in such areas as the preservation of cultural assets.
  23. At the time of Prime Minister Fukuda's visit to China in December 2007, the Japanese side proposed a plan to strengthen Peking University's exchanges with Japan. Both sides welcomed the progress made in the related preparations and will continue their cooperation for the enhancement of further intellectual exchange.
  24. Both sides highly valued the accomplishments of the First Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue held in Beijing in December 2007 with the participation of relevant cabinet ministers of Japan and China. Direct dialogue conducted across ministerial lines on such issues as macroeconomic policies, environmental and energy-conservation issues including climate change, trade and investment, inspection and quarantine, and regional and international economic issues served to promote mutual understanding and presented guidelines for future problem solving and promotion of cooperation. Both sides will consider holding the Second Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue in Tokyo during the autumn of 2008.
  25. Both sides welcomed the fact that their relevant Ministries have signed the "Document on Comprehensive Cooperation for Promoting the Establishment of a Mutually Beneficial Relationship that Contributes to Sustainable Economic Development", the "Memorandum on the Continuation and Strengthening of Cooperation in the Fields of Energy Conservation and the Environment", and the "Memorandum on the Promotion of Cooperation in the Field of Small and Medium Enterprises". Both sides shared the view to continue their cooperation in promoting these initiatives.
  26. Both sides expressed concern over the current oil prices. Moreover, they shared the view that the Japan-China Energy Ministers Policy Dialogue will be continuously held to consider mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of energy.
  27. Regarding technical cooperation in the area of coal use, both sides will promote human resources development as well as the diagnosis and renovation of facilities in China's coal-fired power plants. Both sides will develop, on a continuing basis, demonstration tests on enhanced oil recovery (EOR) through carbon capture and storage (CCS) with coal-fired power plants. Furthermore, both sides welcomed the continuation of energy-conservation and environmental diagnostics in the areas of steel and cement manufacturing.
  28. Both sides confirmed the smooth progress being made in the "Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environmental Business Promotion Model Project". Furthermore, both sides will work together with local governments in China to further promote this project, and will boost efforts to identify new projects and to spread their results.
  29. Both sides positively evaluated the continuous improvements being made in China's energy-conservations laws and regulations and in its energy-conservation policies through the implementation of training pertaining to energy-conservation policies. Both sides shared the view that, parallel to the implementation of policy training, the Japanese side will dispatch experts in the field of energy-conservation measurement to the Chinese side and will support the Chinese side in establishing energy-conservation systems and further strengthening corporate management of energy.
  30. Both sides will promote the development of graduate school networks in environmental areas and will foster the development of human resources in environmental areas.
  31. Both sides welcomed the fact that the "Consultation Windows for Japan-China Cooperation on Energy Conservation and Environment" proposed by Prime Minister Fukuda during his visit to China went into operation in April 2008. Both sides will endeavor to promote energy-conservation and environmental-protection businesses in both countries through these windows.
  32. Both sides concurred on strengthening their cooperation in the area of nuclear power generation in the light of its importance in energy security and the prevention of global warming.
  33. Both sides recognized the need for major energy-consuming countries, including their two countries, to share wide-ranging information and to exchange views regarding energy-conservation policy measures.
  34. Both sides welcomed and will continue to support the cooperation between Tianjin City and the cities of Kitakyushu and Kobe in the areas of a circular economy, energy conservation and environmental protection.
  35. Both sides welcomed the signing of a memorandum by the environmental protection authorities of the two countries regarding cooperation in the implementation of a model project for decentralized wastewater treatment in rural and other areas.
  36. Both sides appreciated the progress made in joint research on yellow sand through the cooperation of the two countries and will continue to promote exchange and cooperation in the field of air quality, including sulfur dioxide, with other Asian countries.
  37. Both sides will promote specific cooperation with a co-benefit approach that both alleviate climate change while also tackling environmental pollution.
  38. Both sides welcomed the drafting of a memorandum by the relevant Ministries of the two countries to describe successful cases of the supply of safe water in rural areas of China and the diffusion of simple water supply systems in Japan, and will cooperate in the implementation of the memorandum.
  39. Regarding cooperation in the area of water resources including the efficient management of water resources, the prevention of water pollution, as well as flood control and in taking measures against related disasters, both sides recognized that water resources are the most likely resources to be affected by global warming, and will further strengthen their cooperation in this area also from the perspective of necessity to adapt to climate change.
  40. Both sides positively evaluated the cooperation of the governments of Japan and China in the areas of forestry and forestry industries, as well as the steady activities of the Japan-China Board of Assistance to Greening Activities. In order to cope with global deforestation and forest degradation, both sides will enhance forestation and control over illegal logging, and will promote the recovery and sustainable management of forests in the Asian region.
  41. Both sides will engage in the exchange of information and technology for the development of biofuel while adhering to the principle that biofuel should be compatible with food security.
  42. Both sides were pleased to note the progress made in the breeding of the crested ibis supplied to Japan by China and will continue to strengthen their cooperation in protecting and reintroducing the crested ibis to the wild.
  43. To foster sentiments of friendship between the people of Japan and China, the Chinese side will provide a pair of giant pandas to the Japanese side and will jointly conduct cooperative research. The Japanese side expressed its appreciation.
  44. Both sides hoped to continue their dialogue concerning mineral resources and to engage in constructive discussions. To further strengthen relationship and deepen cooperation in this area, both sides reached a common recognition that a bilateral meeting on rare earths will be held at a mutually convenient time during 2008.
  45. Both sides will continue to strengthen their cooperation in the field of intellectual property rights, and will engage in the exchange of information concerning intellectual property rights-related legislation as well as its enforcement and administrative examination procedures through the existing working mechanisms for bilateral exchange in the field of intellectual property. Both side will strengthen the exchange of experiences concerning the protection and use of intellectual property rights between Japanese and Chinese companies. Both sides will jointly engage in human resources development in the field of intellectual property, and enhance the influence of intellectual property systems.
  46. Both sides welcomed that they reached the common view between Japan and China regarding the "Action Agenda for Improvement of The Business Environment between Japan, China and the Republic of Korea." Furthermore, both sides welcomed the signing of the "Memorandum on Joint Research into Legal Systems Related to Trade and Investment," and will strengthen exchange and cooperation in the area of trade and investment-related laws.
  47. Both sides welcomed the signing of the "Memorandum on Cooperation for the Promotion and Facilitation of Technology Trade" by the relevant Ministries of the two countries.
  48. Both sides welcomed the signing of the "Memorandum on Cooperation for the Facilitation of the Overseas Operations of Small and Medium Enterprises" by the relevant Ministries of the two countries, and will further facilitate business activities and investment by small and medium enterprises.
  49. Both sides will further strengthen their cooperation for the protection of the lives and health of the peoples of the two countries. Regarding the recent case of food poisoning caused by frozen processed foods, both sides will further strengthen their investigation and cooperation in both Japan and China in order to discover the truth as soon as possible.
  50. Both sides positively evaluated their current cooperation in the area of animal and plant quarantine, and shared the view to further strengthen their cooperation and exchange in this area and to properly resolve existing technical issues, and shared the hope that trade would develop steadily. The Chinese side allowed the formal exports of Japanese polished rice to China, which was welcomed by the Japanese side. The Japanese side allowed the exports of Chinese fresh pumpkins to Japan, which was welcomed by the Chinese side.
  51. Both sides positively evaluated policy consultations in the field of information and communications and will endeavor to jointly promote cooperation in the area of information and communications.
  52. Both sides positively evaluated the results obtained from the recent strengthening of Japan-China cooperation in the areas of financial affairs and financial supervision and control, including the establishment of the Beijing Representative Office of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and expressed their intent to continue to strengthen cooperation in these areas.
  53. Both sides highly evaluated the current cooperation between Japan and China in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and will further promote such cooperation in the future through existing mechanisms.
  54. Both sides will work toward further expanding the flow of tourists and will actively promote cooperation in such areas as railways, distribution, maritime transport, and civil aviation.
  55. Based on the results achieved by the joint government and private-sector mission dispatched at the end of 2007, both sides will continue to cooperate in the field of cancer prevention, will promote Japan-China medical exchange, and will interact with each other through the dispatch of joint government and private-sector missions. Furthermore, both sides will act to strengthen the exchange of information in the area of pharmaceuticals.
  56. Both sides will accelerate their activities in earth observation and prediction, will share the data and results obtained, and will engage in the development of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Furthermore, both sides will promote science and technology research cooperation in the area of climate change.
  57. Both sides welcome the fact that a substantive agreement has been reached in the negotiations for the Agreement on Consular Relations between Japan and China, and will endeavor to sign the Agreement as soon as possible and to complete the procedures for it to come into force.
  58. Both sides will accelerate their efforts for the early entry into force of the Treaty between Japan and China on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.
  59. Both sides will start negotiations for the conclusion of a treaty on extradition between Japan and China and will promptly start negotiations for the conclusion of a treaty on the transfer of sentenced persons between Japan and China taking into account the situation at the time. Both sides will aim for the simultaneous signing of the two treaties.
  60. Based on the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention, both sides will further strengthen their cooperation and will facilitate the destruction of Japan's abandoned chemical weapons in China as soon as possible.
  61. Both sides recognize the great importance of regional financial cooperation, including the development of multilateral arrangements under the Chiang Mai Initiative and the Asian Bond Markets Initiative, for the realization of sustained and stable growth of the Asian economy. Both sides will work together to promote cooperation in these initiatives and achieve further major advances.
  62. The Japanese side stated its position to normalize its relationship with North Korea, in accordance with the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration, through resolving the outstanding issues of concern, including the nuclear and the humanitarian issues, and settling the unfortunate past. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of moving Japan-DPRK relations forward, and the Chinese side expressed it would provide necessary cooperation.
  63. Both sides exchanged views on issues related to the United Nations including Security Council reform and other issues at the director-general level consultations on UN reform held in Beijing in April 2008, and concurred to continue their discussions.
  64. Both sides welcomed the announcement of the "Joint Statement on climate Change between Japan and China".
  65. Both sides considered the possibilities for cooperation in overseas economic assistance and sharing experiences in this regard at the director-general level dialogue on issues related to economic assistance to third countries held in Beijing in November 2007. Both sides will continue this dialogue on a working level.
  66. Both sides concurred that they engaged in the candid exchange of views concerning African affairs and their respective policies toward Africa at the Japan-China Director-General Level Consultations on African Affairs held in Tokyo in September 2007, and that they confirmed to continue to step up consultations for possible cooperation in Africa. Moreover, the Chinese side expressed its expectation that the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) to be held in Japan in May will bear great fruit for the promotion of African development.
  67. Both sides welcomed the wide-ranging discussions on issues related to current conditions in the Mekong Region, their respective policies toward the Mekong region, development of the Mekong region, and promotion of trade and investment at the Japan-China Policy Dialogue on the Mekong Region held in Beijing in April 2008.
  68. Both sides engaged in a wide-ranging exchange of views on major recent issues in the area of international disarmament and non-proliferation at the Japan-China Consultation on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Issues held in Tokyo in May 2007. Both sides will continue these consultations.
  69. Both sides, on the basis of equality and mutual respect, shared the view to engage in dialogue on human rights issues, and to promote dialogue and cooperation in the area of international human rights.
  70. Both sides recognized that, in light of the numerous new challenges and difficulties facing the world economy today, it would be for the common interest of all members to successfully conclude the Doha Round within the year, and that this would contribute to strengthening the multilateral trading system and to maintaining stability and growth in the world economy. Both sides will promote the achievement of a comprehensive and balanced agreement in the Doha Round and will continue to cooperate toward the realization of this goal.

Released in Tokyo on May 7, 2008


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