Kishida, Xi Expected to Hold Talks in U.S.; Reaffirm Mutually Beneficial Relationship

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida leaves for the United States at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Wednesday.

Arrangements are being made for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese President Xi Jinping to reaffirm a “mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests” during their expected meeting on Thursday, according to sources.

Tokyo and Beijing are coordinating Japan-China talks which are to take place on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the United States.

The aim is to continue dialogue on matters such as security and China’s suspension of imports of Japanese marine products, while advancing cooperation on common issues such as economic challenges and climate change.

Kishida left for San Francisco on Wednesday evening to attend the APEC meeting.

“We will make mutual efforts to maintain constructive and stable relations between Japan and China,” he said prior to his departure. “We will foster communication in various ways.”

According to sources, Beijing wants to reconfirm its mutually beneficial relationship with Tokyo at the meeting. Japan’s National Security Strategy — revised in December — identifies China’s military developments as the “greatest strategic challenge.” Japan, however, maintains its stance to value the mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests.

This relationship was proposed by then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe together with then President Hu Jintao during his visit to China in 2006 and was included in a 2008 joint statement.