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