See More on Facebook

Diplomacy

Sino-Japanese strategic talks resume

Talks focus on boosting ties between the traditional rivals.


Written by

Updated: August 13, 2019

An amicable relationship between China and Japan serves the interests of the two and the region, experts said, as Beijing and Tokyo resumed strategic talks after a seven-year hiatus.

On Saturday, a strategic dialogue between Le Yucheng, China’s vice-minister of foreign affairs, and his Japanese counterpart, Takeo Akiba, was held at the Karuizawa mountain resort in Japan’s Nagano prefecture.

They had what was described as candid exchanges about bilateral and regional issues and said they would push forward the consensus reached between President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Group of 20 Summit in Osaka in June, a Foreign Ministry statement issued after the dialogue said.

“Both China and Japan advocated building a relationship that meets the requirements of the new era,” it said.

The resumption of the China-Japan strategic dialogue is a key sign that Beijing and Tokyo have pushed forward their bilateral relations on the right track and forged closer ties, said Lu Hao, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Japanese Studies.

Official exchanges and communication mechanisms, including the strategic dialogue, were suspended after the two countries became mired in a dispute over China’s uninhabited Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

Lu said the strategic dialogue mechanism plays a vital role for the two neighbors, especially as they are both facing unprecedented conditions and a rapidly changing global environment.

“The dialogue not only focuses on improving bilateral ties but also touches on some of the important regional and international issues of common interest,” Lu said, adding that boosting mutual understanding and cooperation between China and Japan, the world’s second-and third-largest economies, helps promote regional stability and prosperity.

On Friday, while meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Le, the vice-minister, said China and Japan should keep up the positive momentum brought by the improved ties and enhance short-term goals while strengthening long-term ones.

Describing the meeting in Osaka between Xi and Abe as fruitful, Kono said Japan is expecting a state visit by Xi next spring and is willing to work with China “in various fields and face global challenges shoulder to shoulder”.

Zhou Yongsheng, a professor and deputy director of the Japanese Studies Center at China Foreign Affairs University, said, “As Sino-Japanese relations have shown signs of warming in recent years, both countries should cherish the momentum and build new relations featuring a shift from competition to collaboration under the guidance of the strategic dialogue mechanism. Promoting Sino-Japanese ties will benefit the peace and prosperity of Asia and improve global governance.”

Noriyoshi Ehara, chief economist of Japan’s Institute for International Trade and Investment, said one perspective arises because there is “little understanding of China among Japanese people”.

“Nowadays, more Chinese people have come to know Japan through tourism and education, but that is not the case for Japanese people. A majority of them know little about China,” Ehara said. “This will limit further development of bilateral ties. So it is crucial to boost people-to-people exchanges.”



Enjoyed this story? Share it.


China Daily
About the Author: China Daily covers domestic and world news through nine print editions and digital media worldwide.

Eastern Briefings

All you need to know about Asia


Our Eastern Briefings Newsletter presents curated stories from 22 Asian newspapers from South, Southeast and Northeast Asia.

Sign up and stay updated with the latest news.



By providing us with your email address, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

View Today's Newsletter Here

Diplomacy

Pakistan denies India’s request for use of airspace by Modi for flight to Germany

The latest in a series of escalating diplomatic tit-for-tats. The government on Wednesday announced its decision not to grant India’s request for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use Pakistani airspace for his flight to Germany. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the decision has been made “keeping in view the situation in occupied Kashmir”. “A request was received from India saying that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to use Pakistani airspace for an overflight on the 20th to Germany and wishes to use the same for a return flight on the 28th,” said the foreign minister in a video statement. “Keeping in view the situation in occupied Kashmir and India’s attitude witnessed in the tyranny and oppression [suffered by Kashmiris] and the violations of rights in the region, we have decided not to grant this request,” he said.


By Dawn
September 19, 2019

Diplomacy

Pakistan strongly condemns India’s remarks about ‘having control’ of AJK one day

The remarks were made by India’s foreign minister. India’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that Azad Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India and that he expected New Delhi to gain physical control over it one day, raising the rhetoric over the territorial dispute. In response, Pakistan strongly condemned and rejected “the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks made by the Indian External Affairs Minister regarding Pakistan and AJK”, according to a statement by the Foreign Office. The statement also called upon the international community to take note of the “aggressive posturing”. India claims the heavily populated Kashmir Valley while Pakistan has a wedge of territory in the west of the disputed region — Azad Jammu and Kashmir. “Our position on [Azad Kashmir] is, has always been and will always be very clear. [Azad Kashmir] is part of India and we expec


By Dawn
September 18, 2019

Diplomacy

Japan officially removed from South Korea’s whitelist

Seoul has threatened the move for weeks. South Korea excluded Japan from its export controls whitelist Wednesday in retaliation for Tokyo’s earlier decision to remove Seoul from its list of favored trade partners, as bilateral relations have slumped to the lowest levels since normalizing diplomatic ties in 1965. “The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has published the revision of the nation’s trade controls on strategic items in an official gazette and it took effect from Wednesday,” said the ministry spokesperson through a statement. Since the Aug. 12 announcement by Industry Minister Sung Yun-mo that Korea would drop Japan as a preferred trading partner, the ministry has completed the necessary administrative steps, such as soliciting opinions from the public and submitting the revised rules to the Office of Legislation for review. “We have received opinions from the public throu


By The Korea Herald
September 18, 2019

Diplomacy

Beijing lauds Solomon Islands’ move to break ties with Taiwan authorities

The United States has condemned the move. China highly commends the decision of the Solomon Islands’ government to recognize the one-China principle and sever the so-called “diplomatic ties” with the Taiwan authorities, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said late on Monday. Hua’s comment came as the Pacific island nation decided earlier on Monday at a cabinet meeting that it would break the so-called “diplomatic ties” with the Taiwan authorities and establish diplomatic relationship with Beijing. Hua said in an online statement that Beijing supports the Solomon Islands’ government in “making such an important decision as a sovereign and independent country”. Beijing has made it clear that there is but one China in the world, that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government that represents the who


By China Daily
September 18, 2019

Diplomacy

S.E. Asian manufacturing sees opportunity in U.S.-China row

By Shingo Sugime and Yoichiro Tanaka / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondents. Southeast Asian countries are intensifying their efforts to attract companies planning to move production bases outside China, as the United States and China have become entrenched in tit-for-tat sanctions and retaliatory tariffs. To attract the needed outside investment, they are offering tax incentives and other benefits. ‘Thailand Plus’ “We see the U.S.-China trade frictions as an opportunity to expand our efforts to attract foreign companies,” Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak told reporters after a Cabinet meeting on Sept. 10. On that day, the Thai government adopted what it calls the “Thailand Plus” package of preferential measures for companies that relocate factories and other facilities from China. A corporate tax deduction of up to 50 p


By The Japan News
September 18, 2019

Diplomacy

Pyongyang confirms ready to resume talks, but gives conditions

Foreign minister confuses lawmakers on whether North Korean leader’s letter to Trump was different to one already made public. The long-stalled US-North Korea working level talks on denuclearization could take place soon, a senior North Korea official signaled in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency on Monday that also set out conditions for the resumption of dialogue. The director general of the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s department of American affairs said working-level talks will likely take place in a few weeks. He said the two countries may forge closer relations or hostility depend on what Washington brings to the table. But he also set out a number of conditions.


By The Korea Herald
September 17, 2019