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Gist of Japan-China summit on Dec. 23

The following is the gist of the summit meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Beijing:


[Japan-China relationship]


Chinese leader Xi Jinping: I want to elevate Sino-Japanese relations to a new level by maintaining close communication with the prime minister to better benefit the two peoples.


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: I attach great importance to Xi Jinping’s state visit to Japan next spring, which will mark a significant milestone. I want to show domestic and international audiences our determination to raise the Japan-China relationship to a higher level and fulfill our responsibility for peace, stability, and prosperity in the region.


[North Korea]


Abe, Xi pledged to work together to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and call for the full implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea.


Xi: I call on Japan to support the draft China-Russia resolution to the U.N. Security Council on easing sanctions against North Korea.


[Senkaku Islands]


Abe: Without stability in the the East China Sea, true improvement of Japan-China relations is not possible. I strongly urge China to respond.


Abe, Xi agreed to promote cooperation in the maritime security area through the “Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism” and other methods.


[Detention of Japanese nationals]


Abe: I continue to strongly urge China to deal with the matter swiftly.


[Hong Kong situation]


Abe: I’m very concerned about the situation. The international community is also interested and closely watching the situation. It’s important for a free and open Hong Kong to flourish under the one country, two systems framework.

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