Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Jointly Meet the Press

On the evening of May 9, 2018 local time, Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan jointly met the press after their talks at the State Guest House in Tokyo.

Li Keqiang introduced the outcomes of the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and him and stressed that the improvement and development of China-Japan relations conform to the interests of both sides and are conducive to regional peace, stability and prosperity. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Both sides should review the spirit of the Treaty and consolidate the political foundation of bilateral relations, so as to promote China-Japan relations for long-term and stable development along the track of peace, friendship and cooperation.

Li Keqiang expressed that both sides confirmed to abide by the various principles set forth in the four political documents between China and Japan, properly deal with sensitive issues including historical issues and Taiwan question, and demonstrate the political consensus of regarding each other as cooperative partners rather than threats with practical actions.

Li Keqiang stressed that the two sides both agreed that they should not only enhance political mutual trust, but also promote economic cooperation, advance cooperation in the field of innovation, and enhance cooperation in such fields as finance, energy conservation and environment protection, high technologies, sharing economy, health care and elderly care as well as cooperation at local level. Both sides should establish a third-party market cooperation mechanism, foster strong international competitiveness, and promote economic cooperation to new highs. Both sides should further strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges to narrow the psychological distance between the two peoples.

Shinzo Abe expressed that he warmly welcomed Premier Li Keqiang to pay an official visit to Japan. Last year, Japan-China relations embraced the opportunity for improvement and kept moving forward for better development under the joint efforts of the two sides. Premier Li Keqiang and he reached various important consensus during their talks. Both sides agreed to set up a maritime and air liaison mechanism, and jointly manage and control maritime crisis, in a bid to make the East China Sea a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship. The signing of social security agreement between Japan and China will be helpful for promoting bilateral economic exchanges. The two sides reached new consensus on expanding investment cooperation, conducting third-party cooperation and cooperation in filming. Such gestures are not only conducive to the deepening of bilateral cooperation, but also will vigorously boost the exchanges and mutual understanding of the two peoples. Japan stands ready to make joint efforts with China to maintain the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

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