Beijing, 3 April 2023 (TDI): On 2nd April, Chinese Premier Li Qiang met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Yoshimasa Hayashi to discuss the fundamental interests of both sides.

Being neighbors, China and Japan’s relationship can not only benefit each other but also bring overall regional peace and stability, Li stated.

The current year marked the anniversary when both countries signed the Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Therefore, Li pledged both sides to abide by the respective obligations of the treaty to strengthen China-Japan relations.

Moreover, Li sees the treaty as an opportunity to enhance coordination, communication, and cooperation between the two countries; therefore, to deal with differences and keep strengthening the positive side of bilateral relations.

Noting the historical background of China and Japan based on the bedrock of the Taiwan issue, Li said that there is a need for sincere efforts from both sides to settle their cordial relations with each other carefully.

As China and Japan are important trade partners as well, he called on both countries to enhance cooperation in fields such as; the digital economy, green development, fiscal and financial sectors, as well as medical and elderly care services.

By doing so, Li believed it would be feasible to achieve high-level mutual benefit and win-win results.

On the other side, the Japanese counterpart appreciated the warm welcome from the Chinese side and also expressed willingness to work together with China for a better future.

He said that both countries have immense potential to work in a wide range of areas. Moreover, he expressed hope that the opportunity of working with China will make the pie bigger for both countries.

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Ultimately, he voiced his aspirations for both sides to work together in safeguarding free trade, practicing genuine multilateralism, and actively advancing regional integration.

He also stressed the importance of maintaining the stability and efficiency of industrial and supply chains, to contribute to the development of both the region and the world as a whole.