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Japan, China need to step up dialogue on bilateral disputes

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Building a healthy relationship with China is a priority for Japan that goes a long way toward determining the nation’s future course.

Japan needs to have more in-depth, candid discussions with China to create an environment that promotes peace and prosperity for both countries.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Japan on Nov. 24-25 and held talks with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. It was the first visit to Japan by a senior Chinese official since Suga took office in September.

During Wang’s stay in Japan, the two countries agreed to reopen their borders for business travel this month. They will also cooperate in efforts to combat the novel coronavirus and expand communications over the issue of climate change.

The Chinese government pressed for Wang’s visit to Japan at this time. It appeared that Beijing wanted to work closely with Japan before the change of administration in the United States.........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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