(Nikkei: April 23, 2015 – p. 4)
JAKARTA (Kyodo) — Following is the gist of the Japan-China summit meeting:
President Xi Jinping: I hope you will convey positive messages showing you are facing history squarely to address the concerns of your Asian neighbors in good faith. The history issues are important issues of principle that form the political foundation of the China-Japan relationship. The common understanding in the political document of 2008 is that neither country will become a threat to the other. I would like to see this also be the understanding in the broader society as well. I would like to enhance dialogue with Japan and build mutual trust in order to eliminate mutual suspicion.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: I strongly hope for the improvement of Japan-China relations. The building of such relations will contribute to world peace and development. The two countries should deepen dialogue and exchanges at various levels and develop the bilateral relationship based on the four points of common understanding agreed upon last year.
Xi, Abe: We need to promote a mutually beneficial strategic relationship in order to contribute to stability in the region and the world.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Abe: We understand that there is an enormous demand for infrastructure investment in Asia. We would like to continue to discuss AIIB-related issues. We have raised questions with regard to governance and sustainability of loans.
Xi: The AIIB and the initiative to establish a modern Silk Road have received broad support from the international community.
Interpretation of history
Abe: I, personally, and the Abe cabinet adhere to the overall interpretation of history of past cabinets, including the Murayama Statement on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Koizumi Statement on its 60th anniversary, and we will continue to do so in the future. I have stated this repeatedly. In my speech (delivered just before this meeting), I stated that Japan has taken the path of a peaceful nation based on its deep remorse for the past war.
Abe: It is the common goal and interest of both countries to make the East China Sea a “sea of friendship.” I would like to reconfirm this point. I would like to reiterate the need to start the operation of a “maritime and air liaison mechanism” between the defense authorities of both countries at an early date. We would like to step up discussions for the implementation of the agreement of June 2008 (on the joint exploration of natural gas fields).
Security dialogue is also important. I am pleased that this dialogue has resumed after an interval of about four years. We would like to promote dialogue in this area in order to contribute to peace and stability in the region and in the international community.
Xi: The China-Japan relationship has improved to a certain extent.