Published on November 17, 2023, 6:26 am

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida recently held face-to-face talks to discuss the need for reaffirming their strategic relationship. The meeting, taking place on the sidelines of the APEC summit in San Francisco, aimed to address strained ties between Asia’s two largest economies.

President Xi emphasized the importance of focusing on common interests and properly handling differences. He urged China and Japan to give new meaning to their strategic relationship of mutual benefit. This call for reaffirmation highlights the desire to strengthen ties despite recent conflicts over territorial disputes, trade tensions, and other issues.

The creation of a new dialogue framework on export control issues and fostering a safe business environment was also on the agenda for discussion. The leaders expressed their intention to enhance cooperation in these areas.

In 2008, China and Japan agreed to pursue mutually beneficial relations based on common strategic interests. However, this phrasing has been used less frequently in recent years due to escalating disagreements between the two countries.

One recent point of contention is China’s ban on Japanese seafood following Tokyo’s decision to release treated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. During their meeting, Prime Minister Kishida called for the reversal of China’s ban as well as the early release of Japanese nationals who were arrested by Chinese authorities.

Apart from bilateral issues, global concerns such as the conflict in Gaza were also expected to be part of their discussions. Both leaders acknowledged their responsibility as neighbors to contribute to world peace and prosperity.

This meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Kishida followed a highly-anticipated summit between President Joe Biden and President Xi where they agreed on various matters, including establishing a presidential hotline. Prime Minister Kishida also met with President Biden during the APEC summit to discuss common challenges shared with China.

Observers suggest that China’s push for reaffirming relations with Japan may partly stem from Tokyo’s close ties with its arch-rival, the United States. The dynamics between Japan and the US in the face of a US-China confrontation may explain China’s interest in fostering a strategic relationship with Japan.

On the sidelines of the APEC summit, Prime Minister Kishida also met South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to discuss deeper cooperation and shared concerns such as North Korea’s missile tests. The three leaders, Yoon, Kishida, and Biden, also held a brief trilateral meeting.

The reiteration of the strategic relationship between China and Japan signifies a mutual commitment to strengthening ties despite past disagreements. As leaders from APEC member countries gather for the summit in San Francisco, discussions on regional cooperation and key global issues are expected to be at the forefront of their agenda.

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