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UPDATED: 10:21, January 20, 2005
China and Japan should seize correct orientation of bilateral relations
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This year marks the 60th anniversary of China's victory in the Anti-Japanese War and the World Victory in the Anti-fascist Aar. Invited by Keio University and Chuo University, famous universities in Japan, Wang Yi, Chinese ambassador to Japan delivered his special addresses on the Sino-Japanese Relations at the symposiums held respectively by the two universities. He elucidated from the historical, realistic and futuristic point of view and in a deeper way on the rich content of "face up to the future with the history as a mirror", a directive of importance for the Sino-Japanese Relations in the new era.

Present at the symposium held respectively by Keio University and Chuo University were experts and scholars from China and Japan. In his special addresses Wang Yi Pointed out, both China and Japan should seek for beneficial enlightenment, experiences and lessons from the traces in the evolution of history so as to grasp correctly the orientation for the development of the diplomatic relations between the two countries. China and Japan shared the tradition of learning and drawing for references from each other ever since ancient times, Wang Yi said, and the friendship between the two peoples has always been an important tie bridging up the relations of the two countries. In the cold war period the two countries, transcending the different social systems, realized the normalization of the diplomatic relations of the two countries. Now the Chinese and Japanese economy, complementary with and dependent on each other, has become an important factor promoting the development and prosperity of the two countries.

In the meantime, Wang Yi stressed, to take a look back at the history, it's more important to draw deep lessons from the invasion of China by the Japanese militarists. And particularly at a time when the historical issue has turned out an obstacle hindering the development of the bilateral relations it is of special importance to stick to the correct historical point of view. On the Japanese side, efforts must continuously be made to abide by the pledges by respecting the consensus of the international community, preventing from the emergence of words and deeds embellishing or even denying the Japanese aggression in order to avoid hurting the feelings of the peoples of the war-victim countries.

To review the history of the Sino-Japanese intercourses for summing up experiences and lessons both positive and negative, Wang Yi pointed out the objective should be based on a long-term point of view to establish a long and stable framework for the Sino-Japanese relations. To realize the dual-win objective in cooperation under the mega-background at which the relations of the two countries are in a transitional period in history it is necessary to adhere to the basic rules and norms as follows:

1>To take to heart the "point of departure" in the normalization of the Sino-Japanese relations and persevere in the principles and spirits of the three political documents of the "Sino-Japanese Joint Statement", the "China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship" and the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration" and should not waver at any moment.

2>To get to know and understand the changes of the other party and prevent from the happening of a strategic misjudgment.

3>To take a great account in handling properly the problems and issues the other party is concerned of.

4>To further strengthen the friendly exchanges in between the two peoples.

5>To take a calm and composed attitude in dealing with and solving frictions and differences on a consultation basis.

This year marks the 60th anniversary after the ending of World War II, Wang Yi expressed. It is of great significance to the Sino-Japanese relations. Therefore, it is hoped that the two parties will make joint efforts in grasping the opportunity, dissolving the challenge to make it really a year to "face up to the future with the history as a mirror" and a year in which the relations of the two countries will see an earnest improvement and development as well as a year in which China and Japan will jointly push forward the solidarity and cooperation in Asia.

Prior to this, Wang Yi also delivered a long speech in Waseda University on the Sino-Japanese relations and the East Asia Cooperation. He elucidated fully the prospect for the development of East Asia Cooperation, the important role to be played by China and Japan and the orientation for the joint efforts and he met with welcome from teachers and students there.

By People's Daily Online

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