China’s Foreign Minister Visits Japan Amid Maritime Tensions

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Tokyo on Nov. 24 for a two-day visit to hold talks with Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi amid tensions in the East China Sea.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Tokyo on Nov. 24 for a two-day visit to hold talks with Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi amid tensions in the East China Sea.

Motegi said that he would have a “frank exchange” of views with Wang in the first high-level meeting since Japan chose a new leader last September.

“There are various pending issues between the two countries, so through high-level meetings, it is important to reach solutions to each issue one by one,” Motegi said.

The Japanese government has raised concerns on the “relentless” intrusions of Chinese vessels into the waters surrounding the isles called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, which both countries claim as their territories.

The maritime disputes remain unsolved, but Wang said that they plan to hold maritime talks in December.

“Through the joint effort by both sides, we would like to make the East China Sea the sea of peace, friendship and cooperation,” Wang said.

The two foreign ministers also agreed to restart business travel this month.

“I hope this agreement will contribute to the revitalization of the economies of Japan and China, and promote mutual understanding,” Motegi said, referring to the business travel plans that were restricted due to the pandemic.

The meeting also covered trade and the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Wang will also make a courtesy call to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Nov. 25.


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