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Chinese FM meets Japanese, ROK FMs prior to trilateral talks


10:18, April 08, 2012

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba in Ningbo, east China's Zhejiang Province, April 7, 2012. Foreign ministers of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) will hold talks on boosting trilateral cooperation and preparation for the fifth meeting of state leaders of the three countries here from April 7 to 8. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

NINGBO, Zhejiang, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba and his counterpart Kim Sung-hwan of the Republic of Korea(ROK) respectively on Saturday afternoon in Ningbo city of east China's Zhejiang Province.

Foreign Ministers of the three nations gathered in Ningbo for their sixth talks on trilateral cooperation scheduled on Sunday.

During the meeting with Gemba, Yang said the China-Japan friendship is the common will of the people of the two countries.

China will continue to enhance high-level exchanges with Japan, and maintain bilateral communication and coordination on bilateral relations and major issues of common concern, said Yang.

He also called on the two sides to deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation in the fields of economic and trade, finance and energy-saving, and work to make the year of exchanges and friendship a successful one.

Yang noted that the two countries should properly handle sensitive issues in bilateral relations on the basis of universally acknowledged norms governing the international relations and the principle of mutual respect.

He also called on the two sides to increase mutual understanding and friendship, so as to promote the healthy development of bilateral strategic and mutually beneficial relations.

Noting China's development provides opportunities for Japan, Gemba said the Japanese government attaches great importance to the advancement of bilateral ties and hopes to make use of the year of exchanges and friendship to enhance bilateral exchanges and cooperation.

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When East Asia - comprising Korea, China and Japan - get their act together and have good relations, they stand to prosper each other immensely. In which case, the U.S. will decline relatively eoconomically and militarily. The Koreas, China and japan should not cease trying in spite of Washington's objections. it is in NE Asia's interest, not the U.S..

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