China and Japan Should Not Regard Each Other as a Threat, Xi Jinping tells Shinzo Abe
Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to elevate ties with the country’s neighbours to a new level on Monday, saying China and Japan should not regard each other as a threat.
In a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Xi said the two sides now had the opportunity to develop things further and that they should continue close communication.
“The world is undergoing significant changes which have never been seen over the past century. The more complicated the situation is, the more we need to stay calm strategically,” Xi said, according to a report by state news agency Xinhua.
Xi said the two nations should step up cooperation and enhance mutual trust to build a security relationship based on the principle of mutual respect, and properly handle sensitive issues.
“This should be fundamental for developing China-Japan relations for the new era, and this should not be blurred and shaken at any time,” Xi said.
“Both nations should stick to the political consensus that China and Japan are cooperative partners but not a threat. In the spirit of ‘turning competition into coordination’, China and Japan will promote the continuous development of bilateral relations along the correct track”.
Abe said he looked forward to Xi’s state visit to Tokyo next year.
It is also his fourth meeting with Xi since his last visit in October last year, when relations began to thaw after years of tension – prompted by territorial disputes and Japan’s wartime legacy – partly as a result of the pressure from Donald Trump’s trade policies.
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