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5th China-Japan political document eyed: envoy

  • September 10, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 9:44 p.m.
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China is considering releasing with Japan a fifth major political document for the two countries when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Japan possibly in spring next year, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou said Tuesday.

Beijing has no objection to the idea of compiling the fifth joint document with Tokyo if conditions are met after the two sides deepen their discussions, Kong said in a speech in Tokyo.

Xi’s envisaged Japan visit will be an extremely crucial milestone in building a new bilateral relationship, Kong said.

China wants to make the visit very successful, he said, noting that working-level officials of China and Japan are working on preparing such a new political document.

While stressing that what matters is the content of the document, however, Kong added that the Chinese side plans to take the approach of first trying to compile it, but giving up the work if it proves difficult and leaving the matter for future discussions.

The four past important political documents signed between Japan and China include the 1972 joint communique, which normalized the their diplomatic relations.

Elsewhere in the speech, Kong said China assumes that its trade friction with the United States will last 20 years, pointing out the tit-for-tat drama has just started.

The Chinese economy is expected to suffer a blow from the trade war temporarily, but will become strong in the future, he said.

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