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The Seventh Round of China-Japan High-level Political Dialogue Held in Beijing

On December 6, 2019, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, co-hosted the seventh Round of China-Japan High-level Political Dialogue with Head of Japan's National Security Council Shigeru Kitamura in Beijing.

Yang Jiechi expressed, President Xi Jinping reached the important consensus with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on building China-Japan relations that fit the needs of the new era in June this year, charting the course for the development of bilateral relations in the next stage. The two sides should examine and handle bilateral relations with strategic vision, adhere to the four political documents between China and Japan, uphold the principle of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, accelerate the implementation of the important consensus between the leaders, and actively promote the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

Yang Jiechi pointed out, great changes in the world, new opportunities for Asia and new era of China and Japan provide the favourable conditions for the long-term development of bilateral relations. The two sides should continuously consolidate the political mutual trust, firmly establish the awareness of partnership, adhere to the concept of long-term and overall situation, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, deepen exchanges and cooperation in all fields, and properly manage, control and handle conflicts and divergences. The two sides should adhere to multilateralism, work together to cope with global risks and challenges, and jointly safeguard the international system with the United Nations at the core and the multilateral trading system based on the rules of the World Trade Organization. Both sides should promote the process of regional economic integration, and strive to achieve the revitalization and prosperity of Asia.

The two sides agreed that the current China-Japan relations have maintained a momentum of improvement and development. The two sides will work together to make thoughtful planning and preparations, and create a harmonious atmosphere, in a bid to ensure the success of the significant political diplomatic agendas between the two countries next year.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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