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Gist of Japan-China Summit

[The following is the gist of a bilateral summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday in Vladivostok, Russia.]

 

Exchange of Visits

— Xi said he welcomed the plan for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit China in October.

— The two leaders agreed to proceed with arrangements for Abe’s China visit and accelerate the exchange of visits.

— Prime Minister Abe invited Xi to visit Japan.

 

Bilateral Ties

— Abe said that bilateral exchange and dialogue are becoming more active in every field and the scope of bilateral cooperation is widening greatly.

— Xi said bilateral ties have returned to normal and he would like to see friendship activities between the two countries be promoted in a stable fashion on the important occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between China and Japan.

 

Trade and Economy

— Xi said free trade and a multifaceted economy, not protectionism, are important.

— The two leaders affirmed their policy to promote cooperation in third countries in relation to the China-led “One Belt, One Road” economic bloc initiative. They agreed to engage in dialogue on intellectual property rights and technological innovation.

— Abe requested that China review the restrictions on Japanese food imports introduced after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

— The two leaders agreed to continue talks.

 

Issues related to North Korea

— The two leaders said denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is a common objective of their two countries. They will cooperate closely to achieve that end. They confirmed the need to implement the United Nations Security Council resolutions on sanctions.

— Abe said Japan aims to normalize ties with North Korea by comprehensively resolving the abduction, nuclear, and missile issues.

— Xi said China fully supports Japan’s position to aim to resolve the issue of past abductions of Japanese nationals by the North.

 

East China Sea

— The two leaders confirmed they will work together to make the East China Sea a “Sea of Peace, Cooperation, and Friendship.”

 

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