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Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers talked over the phone to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the "post-epidemic era"

Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers talked over the phone to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the "post-epidemic era"

  • Time of issue:2020-07-30 16:20
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  Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi on the 29th. During the fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic, China and Japan worked hand in hand to compose the good story of "The mountains and rivers are different, the wind and the moon are in the same sky." Therefore, Wang Yi spoke highly of the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against the epidemic at the beginning of the talks and looked forward to continuing this good. momentum. Wang Yi said that since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia, China and Japan have maintained communication and supported each other on anti-epidemic cooperation, demonstrating the traditional friendship between neighboring countries. As important close neighbors and major economies in the world, it is necessary for China and Japan to maintain the correct development direction of bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation in fighting the epidemic, promoting economic recovery, and maintaining regional peace and stability.

  At present, the epidemic situation in China and Japan has been contained on the whole, and the two governments have successively restarted their economies and actively promoted personnel exchanges. As the world's second and third largest economies, how to promote economic development in the "post-epidemic era"? Not only has it attracted the attention of the public opinion of the two countries, it has also attracted the attention of the international community. During the telephone conversation, Wang Yi pointed out that the two sides should actively plan and advance bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the next phase and in the "post-epidemic era", jointly respond to various global and regional challenges, and continuously inject new impetus into the development of bilateral relations.

  Regarding the recent "Japanese companies withdrawing from China", which has been widely concerned by public opinion in China and Japan, Wang Yi said, "We welcome the Japanese side to grasp the new situation and new opportunities in China's development in a timely manner, and actively work to deepen cooperation with China. The Chinese side attaches great importance to the presence of Japanese companies in China. China has resumed work and production, and has adopted a series of supportive measures. It is hoped that Japan will also provide a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese companies to operate in Japan."

  In addition, the foreign ministers of the two countries also reached consensus on working to ensure the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) within this year.

  The telephone conversation between the foreign ministers of China and Japan has also attracted wide attention from the Japanese media. Japan's Jiji News Agency reported on the 29th that in addition to exchanging views on the new crown pneumonia epidemic, Toshi Motegi also talked about Diaoyu Islands, Hong Kong's national security law, and the South China Sea when talking with Wang Yi on the phone. According to the "Nihon Keizai Shimbun" report, this telephone talk is the fifth meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries this year, and the talk time is about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Toshi Motegi also posted the content of the meeting with Wang Yi on his personal Twitter.

  Some analysts believe that in recent times, there have been some words and deeds in Japan that are not conducive to Sino-Japanese relations, from changing the name of the "administrative divisions" of the Diaoyu Islands to some members of Congress clamoring and speculating on Hong Kong issues, to the Liberal Democratic Party’s "Association of Parliamentarians" proposed restrictions. Chinese mobile applications such as TikTok have damaged the friendly and cooperative atmosphere between China and Japan formed during the joint fight against the epidemic. The telephone talks between the two foreign ministers, especially the timely communication on some important issues, can increase trust and resolve doubts, reduce unnecessary misunderstandings and differences, and help China and Japan in the "post-epidemic era." Deepen cooperation in areas such as sanitation and epidemic prevention and personnel exchanges.

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