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Gist of Japan-China foreign ministerial meeting

Reciprocal visits by leaders


Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed that their two countries will steadfastly make arrangements for Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to visit Japan to attend a trilateral meeting among Japan, China and South Korea, for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit China, and for President Xi Jinping to visit to Japan.


Wang: I would like to arrange a visit to Japan by Prime Minister Li as soon as possible.


Economic relations


The two ministers welcomed the two countries’ basically reaching a consensus on a bilateral social security agreement and said they will make efforts to formally sign the agreement as soon as possible.


East China Sea


Kono: On Jan. 11, a Chinese navy submarine and vessel entered the contiguous zone surrounding Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. I strongly call on China to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.


The two ministers agreed to make efforts to launch a maritime and aerial communication mechanism (to avert unintended clashes between the Self-Defense Forces and the Chinese military).


North Korea


Foreign Minister Kono: We need to increase pressure on North Korea so it will change its policy,


The two ministers agreed that their countries will fully implement the UN Security Council resolutions and continue working together to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which is a common goal of the two countries.

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