Japan-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting Agreed to Resume Traffic by the End of This Month, Including Business Officials November 25 at 12:27 AM
Foreign Minister Motegi met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is visiting Japan, and agreed to resume visits to business people and other parties by the end of this month regarding measures to restrict entry to the country to combat the new coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Minister Motegi explained Japan’s position on the waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture and strongly requested positive action from the Chinese side.
Mr. Motegi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is visiting Japan, for approximately an hour and a half at the Iikura Public Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for two days from August 24.
In this regard, the two ministers confirmed their policy of continuing to cooperate on various routes, including the prompt sharing of information, lessons learned, and knowledge, regarding the measures against covid-19.
In addition, as part of the relaxation of immigration restriction measures, the two countries agreed to resume traffic by the end of this month for business people, both short-term and long-term stays.
Furthermore, Minister Motegi requested that China’s ongoing import restrictions on Japanese food products be lifted at an early time, and agreed to establish a new framework for trade cooperation on agricultural and fishery products in order to resolve the issue.
They also confirmed that they would strengthen communication on the issue of climate change, including the establishment of a framework for discussing climate change, and agreed to make adjustments toward the early establishment of a hotline in which senior defense officials communicate directly by telephone to prevent accidental collisions at sea and in the air.
In addition, Minister Motegi explained that japan is strengthening cooperation with the United States and other countries that share values in order to realize a “free and open Indo-Pacific,” and exchanged views on the escalating U.S.-China confrontation and the situation in North Korea.
Meanwhile, in light of China’s in-force expansion into the East and South China Seas, Minister Motegi explained Japan’s position on the waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture and strongly requested positive action from the Chinese side, while Foreign Minister Wang Yi once again insisted on China’s territorial rights in the Senkaku Islands.
On that basis, the two ministers confirmed that they would continue to communicate on this issue.
Minister Motegi also expressed concern about the recent situation in Hong Kong, including the hong kong government’s lapse of the qualifications of four democratic lawmakers, and strongly called on the Chinese side to respond appropriately, and called for a transparent explanation of China’s governing policies in Xinjiang.
In addition, regarding China’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which President Xi Jinping has expressed as “actively considering,” Minister Motegi explained Japan’s policy that it must determine whether it is ready to meet high-level rules if it participates in the TPP.
Spokesman Zhao Dingkata: “We would like to further promote the development of the relationship between the two countries.”
Commenting on Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Japan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Ritkata said at a press conference on Thursday, “The current relationship between China and Japan continues to develop stably. Through this visit, I would like to deepen cooperation on measures against covid-19 and the resumption of economic activities, strengthen cooperation on international issues, and promote further development of relations between the two countries.”
The first thing I want to do is to visit Japan.
As the confrontation with the United States intensifies, China seems to want to break the so-called “Siege of China” through the visit of Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Japan, an ally of the United States.
The English-language version of the Chinese Communist Party-based media “Ring-ball Time Report” stressed that “this is a very important and necessary visit” and pointed out that “japan-China relations, one of the most important bilateral relations in East Asia, must pursue certainty and unwaveringness in the face of uncertainty, as america’s future diplomatic policy is not established after the presidential election.”
In the politically unstable state of the U.S. presidential election, it is believed that the U.S. should further strengthen its relations with Japan, an ally of the United States.
Although there are historical perceptions and territorial conflicts with Japan, there are many points in which cooperation in the economic field can be agreed, and I would like to exchange views on the promotion of a regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) in which 15 countries, mainly east Asia, participate, and participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
China is also likely to increase its influence in the Asia-Pacific region by actively participating in the multilateral free trade framework.
Foreign Minister Motegi :”Agreement to resume traffic by the end of this month”
After meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Minister Motegi explained Japan’s position on the waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, strongly called for positive action, and confirmed that japan will continue to communicate.
In addition, it was revealed that the government has agreed to resume traffic by the end of this month for business people, both short-term and long-term, regarding measures to restrict entry to the country to combat covid-19.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi :”Avoid actions that complicate sensitive sea areas”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi once again claimed China’s sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, saying in a press release after his meeting with Foreign Minister Motegi, “We will protect our sovereignty.”
On that basis, he stressed that “actions that complicate the situation in sensitive waters should be avoided, and if a problem arises, it should be dealt with appropriately through communication and dialogue immediately.”
“Through the joint efforts of both sides, I would like to make the East China Sea a sea of peace and cooperation. This is in agreement with the fundamental common interests of both countries.”
In addition, Foreign Minister Wang Yi revealed that he had agreed to aim to open a “hotline” by the end of this year, in which senior defense officials would directly call and other means, in connection with the “Sea-Air Communication Mechanism” to prevent accidental collisions at sea and in the air.
In addition, the two ministers made it clear that they agreed to hold a “Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue” next year.