|The 8th China-Japan High-level Political Dialogue Held in Tokyo|
On February 28, 2020 local time, Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, co-chaired the 8th China-Japan High-level Political Dialogue in Tokyo with Head of Japan's National Security Council Shigeru Kitamura.
The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on preparations for President Xi Jinping's visit to Japan and agreed to take the implementation of a series of important consensuses as an opportunity to make use of the China-Japan high-level political dialogue mechanism, enhance political mutual trust, strengthen communication, coordination and cooperation, further consolidate the improving momentum in bilateral relations and elevate China-Japan relations in the new era to new highs.
The dialogue was held at a special time when China and Japan are fighting against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Both sides exchanged views on combating the epidemic. Yang Jiechi said, under the personal command and deployment of President Xi Jinping, the prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak in China has made initial achievements, with expanding positive momentum and rapid recovery of economic and social development. China will coordinate on the prevention and control of the epidemic with economic and social development, ensuring the fulfillment of the major goals set for this year to secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and win the decisive battle against poverty.
Yang Jiechi pointed out, in the face of the epidemic, China and Japan have assisted each other in overcoming difficulties together. It is believed that after the test of the epidemic, the lasting friendship between China and Japan will increasingly become the aspiration and action of the two peoples. The fight against the disease is vital to the safety of all peoples. It is of vital importance to strengthen global public health security governance and enhance international coordination and cooperation. Solidarity and cooperation are the most powerful weapons. The Chinese side is ready to maintain close communication with relevant countries including Japan, the World Health Organization and the international community to share experience in epidemic prevention, coordinate prevention and control measures and better safeguard the health and well-being of the people of the two countries and people around the world.
Shigeru Kitamura spoke highly of the Chinese side's resolute and powerful measures to combat the epidemic and the remarkable results, saying that the Chinese side's experience in fighting the epidemic has served as a positive example for Japan. The Japanese side is ready to strengthen information sharing, experience sharing and technical cooperation with the Chinese side in the field of public health security to jointly safeguard international public health security.
Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in scientific and technological innovation and third-party markets, and create favorable business environments for each other's companies to invest and start business.
Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.