Chinese foreign minister urges Japan to remove factors disturbing relations

BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday called on Japan to end the unrest in China-Japan relations and work with China to maintain their hard-won friendship. .

Wang made the remarks during a virtual meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Last year, senior leaders of the two countries reached an important consensus on building a relationship that meets the demands of the new era, Wang said.

He urged both sides to follow consensus as a guideline and seize the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations this year as an opportunity to consolidate the political foundation of bilateral relations and maintain and develop the hard-won friendship forged by the two parts. peoples.

Japan’s negative actions toward Taiwan and other issues concerning China’s core interests and major concerns have become prominent recently. In response, Wang called for eliminating disturbing factors in bilateral relations as soon as possible.

He urged the Japanese side to honor the commitment it has made so far, uphold the fundamental trust between the two countries and prevent forces trying to undermine China-Japan relations from gaining ground.

Addressing the subject of the “quadrilateral mechanism” summit between the United States, Japan, Australia and India, which will be hosted by Japan next month, Wang said that what causes concern and the concern is that even before the arrival of the American leader, the argument that Japan and the United States would jointly confront China has already been widely heard.

“Japan and the United States are allies, while China and Japan have a peace and friendship treaty,” Wang said, noting that bilateral cooperation between Japan and the United States does not should not provoke a bloc confrontation, much less should it undermine China’s sovereignty and security. and development interests.

“We hope Japan won’t pull the chestnuts out of the fire for others and avoid rising up against its neighbors,” Wang said.

For his part, Hayashi said Japan and China share broad common interests and enjoy enormous potential and broad prospects for cooperation.

Japan stands ready to work with China to cherish the original aspiration of normalizing diplomatic relations, maintaining frank communication, reducing misunderstandings and misjudgments, properly handling sensitive issues and enhancing political mutual trust, he said. -he declares.

The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern and agreed to continue communication.

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