Chinese Premier Calls for New Progress of China-Japan Ties

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The Japanese attendees briefly reviewed the history of the signing of the Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship, voicing full agreement with Premier Li's remarks.

The creation of the trilateral free trade zone topped the agenda of talks between Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on May 9.

But signs of warming ties emerged late previous year, when Abe attended a celebration marking China's National Day at its embassy in Tokyo, and expressed interest in joining Beijing's "Belt and Road Initiative" spanning Asia, Europe and Africa.

The South Korean minister said that the South Korean government is looking forward to a forward-looking relationship with Japan.

The two ministers also mentioned that the two countries would make joint efforts so that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) of South Korea, Japan and ASEAN member countries can reach a conclusion within this year.

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The four documents refer to the 1972 Sino-Japanese Joint Statement, the 1978 China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, the 1998 China-Japan Joint Declaration, and the 2008 joint statement on advancing strategic and mutually beneficial relations.

Li, who is on an official visit to Japan, made the remarks when meeting with some of the former Japanese politicians who had participated in the treaty-making process on Thursday morning.

Heads or representatives of the opposition parties said Japan-China ties are important to the peace and stability and economic development of East Asia and the world.

At a summit between Abe and Li on Wednesday, Japan and China agreed to launch a public-private council to consider specific cooperative projects related to Beijing's One Belt, One Road cross-border infrastructure initiative.

Also, China and Japan, taking the opportunity of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the treaty, are encouraged to hold more people-to-people exchanges, so as to bring the two peoples even closer.