Joint Press Statement on the Occasion of the Summit Meeting between Japan and the Republic of Chile

September 3, 2007
Japanese

Her Excellency Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of the Republic of Chile, during her official visit to Japan from September 2 to 5, 2007 at the invitation of the Government of Japan, had a meeting with His Excellency Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, on September 3. The two leaders issued the following Joint Press Statement.

1. Bilateral Relations

(a) 110th Anniversary of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation between Japan and the Republic of Chile

The Prime Minister of Japan and the President of the Republic of Chile recalled that in 1897 the two countries signed the "Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation" which established a foundation for stable political and commercial relations. They expressed their satisfaction that the two countries have developed friendly relations for 110 years.

Both leaders welcomed the flourished bilateral relations since 1990 based on principles of democracy and respect of human rights. In this context, they underlined the frequent high-level visits between the two countries which have been realized during this period: two visits by the Prime Minister of Japan to Chile and four visits by the President of Chile to Japan.

(b) Japan-Chile Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)

Both leaders celebrated the entry into force on September 3, 2007 of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Chile for a Strategic Economic Partnership, signed between Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Mr. Alejandro Foxley, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile on March 27, 2007 in Tokyo. They shared the view that this Agreement lays a new foundation for a consolidated economic partnership and for strengthening of bilateral political relations. Both leaders expressed their strong expectations that the people of both countries would widely enjoy the benefits to be brought about by this Agreement. They signed the "Joint Statement on the Entry into Force of the Agreement between Japan and the Republic of Chile for a Strategic Economic Partnership" after their meeting.

(c) Political Dialogue

Both leaders welcomed the positive impact that the continued dialogues at the summit level since 2003 added to the bilateral relations. They expressed their firm determination to further promote amicable relations between the two countries and confirmed their intention to contribute to strengthening ties between Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean by acting as a bridge between the two regions.

Both leaders expressed their satisfaction with the fruitful discussions the two governments have conducted in the framework of "Japan-Chile Political Dialogue." They shared the intention to further promote such dialogues on broader range of issues of mutual interest.

(d) Digital TV System

The Prime Minister of Japan explained the benefits of introducing the Japanese digital TV system in Chile. The President of Chile replied that the Government of Chile would consider this proposal.

(e) Development

The President of Chile appreciated development cooperation provided by the Government of Japan, which has contributed to the economic and social development of Chile.

The Prime Minister of Japan announced that the Government of Japan would provide technical cooperation for the strengthening of earthquake monitoring observation system with a view to enhancing the capacity of the Government of Chile in preparing itself for earthquakes effectively. The President of the Republic of Chile expressed her gratitude for this cooperation.

Furthermore, both leaders expressed their satisfaction with the excellent results of the assistance that Japan and Chile have been jointly extending to other Latin American countries under the framework of "Japan Chile Partnership Program (JCPP)." They expressed their intention to effectively implement this assistance mainly in the fields where the two countries have expertise and experiences, such as aquiculture and rehabilitation for disabled persons.

(f) Mutual Understanding

Both leaders expressed their expectation that mutual understanding between the two nations would be further promoted through various cultural events taking place in Japan and Chile to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the signing of the "Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation between Japan and the Republic of Chile."

Both leaders welcomed variety of initiatives to commemorate this anniversary, such as the XXV Meeting of the Japan-Chile Business Committee in Tokyo, the visit to Japan of the Chilean Training Ship "Esmeralda", the visit to Chile of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces Training Squadron and the opera "Madam Butterfly" to be presented in Chile by Shiki Theatre Company.

2. Cooperation in the International Arena

(a) Environment and Climate Change Issues

Both leaders reaffirmed the importance of addressing global environmental issues, in particular climate change and exchanged views about these issues. The Prime Minister of Japan explained his recent proposal on climate change, "Cool Earth 50" and the President of Chile expressed her high appreciation for this proposal. They signed the "Joint Statement on Enhanced Cooperation in Environment and Climate Change Issues between Japan and the Republic of Chile" after their meeting.

(b) Reform of the United Nations Security Council

Both leaders confirmed their will to actively work together to implement an early and comprehensive reform of the United Nations (UN) Security Council through the expansion of both its permanent and non-permanent membership. In this context, the President of Chile reiterated Chile's support to Japan's permanent membership in the expanded UN Security Council. The Prime Minister of Japan appreciated Chile's continuous support for Japan's bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

(c) North Korea

Both leaders concurred that North Korea must continue actions towards denuclearization through the swift implementation of the Joint Statement, 19th September 2005 of the Six-Party Talks. They also emphasized the importance of steadily implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1695 and 1718.

The Prime Minister of Japan emphasized the importance of the earliest possible settlement of the abduction issue. The President of Chile expressed Chile's serious concern over the issue and extended its strong support for the efforts to settle this problem. In this regards, the President of Chile also stated that Chile would support the UN resolution on human rights situation in North Korea, for which the Prime Minister of Japan expressed his appreciation.

3. Conclusion

The President of Chile expressed her appreciation to the Prime Minister, as well as the Government and people of Japan for their warm hospitality accorded to the Chilean delegation during her official visit.


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