Conversation between Prime Minister Kan and Premier Wen Jiabao

October 5, 2010

Mr. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, had a conversation with Mr. Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China for approximately 25 minutes around 4:00 AM on October 5 (Japan Standard Time). The conversation took place in a spontaneous manner as the two leaders were walking almost in the same direction after a working dinner at the ASEM Summit Meeting in Brussels. The overview of the conversation is as follows:

  1. Premier Wen stated China's basic position concerning the Senkaku Islands. In response, Prime Minister Kan stated Japan's basic position that the Senkaku Islands were an inherent territory of Japan and that there exists no issue of territorial sovereignty to be resolved concerning the Senkaku Islands.
  2. Prime Minister Kan referred to his talks with President Hu Jintao in June 2010 and a telephone conversation with Premier Wen prior to the talk, where the two leaders agreed to promote the "Mutually Beneficial Relationship based on Common Strategic Interests." Prime Minister Kan said that the two countries should once again position themselves on this principle to advance future Japan-China relations. Premier Wen stated that he agreed with Prime Minister Kan's idea. Based on this shared understanding, the two leaders confirmed that the current situation of Japan-China relations was undesirable and that the two countries would promote the "Mutually Beneficial Relationship based on Common Strategic Interests."
  3. The two leaders also agreed that Japan and China would promote high-level exchanges when appropriate and advance exchanges at the private-sector level, including the resumption of the exchange programs that had been postponed after the recent incident.

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