The warming of Sino-Japanese relations adds new signs.
Xiao Rui noted that the year is approaching, and that China and Japan interact frequently at the key point of leaving the old and welcoming the new.
On October 26, 2018, the flags of China and Japan were hung on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was welcomed to visit China. (Visual China)
On New Years Eve, the Tower of Tokyo will light up China Red. On the first day of the New Year, Abe will send a video greeting to the Chinese people. In the new year, Abe also hopes to promote Japan-China relations to a new stage.
The Chinese Embassy in Japan also frequently expressed goodwill. Ambassador Cheng Yonghua received an interview with Japanese media and raised new expectations for bilateral relations. His wife went to many places to attend the New Year Exchange of Japan-China Friendship Association.
In addition, there are even some rare forms of exchanges between China and Japan, which make the people of the two countries have more expectations for the trend of Sino-Japanese relations in the new year...
Unprecedented: Abe Video, China Red Lighting Tokyo Tower
It is a plan of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to let the Japanese media express the sentiments mentioned above.
According to Fuji TV on January 30, Abe will pay a video greeting to the Chinese people on February 5, the first day of the Chinese New Year.
Rare is because this form is unprecedented.
Japanese media recalled that Abe also issued New Years greetings on the occasion of the Lunar Dog New Year in February last year, but at that time it was published in Japanese Chinese media in the form of a magazine, and the target audience was only overseas Chinese in Japan. This time, not only did I appear directly, but also the target audience was extended to the Chinese people.
At present, China and Japan are carrying out final coordination on this new New Years greeting.
Just two days before the announcement of the plan, Abe had just delivered a political address to the Japanese Parliament, in which he made a special mention of the New Years outlook for Sino-Japanese relations.
Abe said that Japan-China relations have now returned to normal track. He hoped to continue to close exchanges between leaders of the two countries, deepen exchanges and development in various fields and promote bilateral relations to a new stage.
On January 28, in Tokyo, Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a policy address to Congress. (Xinhua News Agency)
The upcoming New Years video is undoubtedly seen by Japanese media as a new attempt by Abe to promote the progress of Sino-Japanese relations.
Fuji TV also pointed out that Chinese leaders will attend the G20 Summit in Japan this year, and commented that both Japanese and Chinese governments have shown a posture of attaching importance to bilateral relations.
Before Abes New Year video is broadcast, Tokyo will make a similar rare arrangement for the Chinese New Year.
At the regular press conference of the Chinese Embassy in Japan held yesterday (January 31), the spokesman, Counsellor Zhang Mei, revealed that the Tokyo Tower Lighting China Red event would be held in front of the Tokyo Tower.
When you mention the Tokyo Tower, you may think of scenes in classic Japanese dramas such as Tokyo Love Story. As Tokyos landmark building, the Tokyo Tower usually has orange lights, but it also shows blue or five colors in some special celebrations.
Overlooking the Tokyo Tower (Visual China)
On New Years Eve, February 4, this year, the Tokyo Tower will be covered with Chinese Red for the first time.
According to Kyodo News Agency, the lighting campaign will be backed up by the Chinese Embassy in Japan. Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua and Japanese stakeholders will participate.
Although this is the first such event to be held, 36 searchlights are expected to be used to illuminate the event, which is the largest number of searchlights used in the history of Tokyo Tower.
This reflects the current situation that Japan-China relations are tending to improve. The report said.
Ambassador to Japan: Current Sino-Japanese relations are standing at a new historical starting point
The improvement of relations between China and Japan has also been recognized by Ambassador Cheng Yonghua.
On January 30, Ambassador Cheng Yonghua received an interview with Japanese NHK TV. Ambassador Cheng said that the past 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship, and bilateral relations have maintained a good momentum of improvement and development.
At present, Sino-Japanese relations are standing at a new historical starting point and facing important opportunities for further development. Cheng Yonghua said.
In order to further consolidate the momentum for the improvement of bilateral relations, Ambassador Cheng hopes that the two sides will move towards each other and continue to strengthen political mutual trust, pragmatic cooperation and human exchanges.
Cheng Yonghua, Ambassador to Japan, was interviewed by Japanese NHK Television Station (pictured on the official website of the Chinese Embassy in Japan)
In the past January, in addition to the interaction at the official level, Sino-Japanese cultural exchanges have also highlighted a lot.
For example, on January 12, the China-Japan Friendship Adult Ceremony 2019 was held at the Japanese Embassy in China. More than 100 Japanese students studying in China and representatives of Chinese students attended the ceremony. Japanese Ambassador to China Yokoi said in his speech that the two heads of state had unanimously designated this year as the Year of Promoting Youth Exchange between China and Japan. Japan looks forward to taking this as an opportunity for more and more youth exchanges between the two countries. Active.
Coincidentally, the recent exchanges between a group of young people in the two countries have attracted the attention of Japanese media.
On January 30, top Chinese and Japanese mens gymnasts made public their joint training in Beijing to the media. This cooperation has also led Japanese media to call it rare.
As gold medal competitors in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, China and Japan will absorb each others experience and technology through this rare practice. Thats what the Japanese Economic News website said.
Mu Zhongyi, director of the gymnastics management center of the State Administration of Sports of China, was quoted as saying that although China and Japan are competitors in the Tokyo Olympics, both athletes have the responsibility to lead the development of global gymnastics.
From competition to cooperation is what Abe has emphasized many times before in relation to China-Japan relations.
This sentence was also repeatedly mentioned when Counsellor Wang Wan, wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Japan, attended the New Year Exchange Meeting of Japan-China Friendship Association in Ibaraki and Nagano, Japan.
Counsellor Wang Wan, wife of the Ambassador to Japan, attended the Sino-Japanese Friendship New Year Symposium and New Years Meeting of the Japan-China Friendship Association of Nagano Prefecture (pictured on the official website of the Chinese Embassy in Japan)
Counsellor Wang Wan said: We hope that the dialects and deeds of Japan will be consistent, that more practical work will be done to improve relations between the two countries, that the national sentiments of the two countries will be improved, and that the relations between the two countries will be pushed to a new era.
Japanese Senator Hiroshi Okada quoted the story of Yugong Shifting Mountains, saying that the spirit of Yugong Shifting Mountains should be used to promote the continuous improvement and development of Japan-China relations and to pass on Japan-China friendship from generation to generation.
Sino-Japanese cooperation can only win-win under the counter-current of unilateralism and protectionism
Will the resumption of Sino-Japanese relations continue in 2019? The U.S. website Diplomatic Scholars raised these questions on January 31.
The article holds that Abes visit to China last year and the return of bilateral relations have created space for further cooperation between China and Japan.
One of Abes greatest gains from his visit to China is undoubtedly the re-ignition of trade links between the worlds second and third largest economies. China-Japan economic and trade relations may usher in a breakthrough in 2019.
However, the report also pointed out that the relationship between the two countries has not returned to the state before 2012, and there will be some challenges in the future, such as historical and territorial disputes.
In a word, the approach of China and Japan in the current complex international situation will provide more support for each other.
On October 26, 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Visual China)
Ambassador Cheng Yonghua also said in an interview recently that the current international unilateralism and protectionist counter-current, the world economy is facing more risks and challenges. In this context, China and Japan should jointly promote free trade and safeguard the multilateral trading system with WTO as its core.
Fan Xiaoju, executive director of the Japan Institute of the Chinese Institute of Modern International Relations, commented that China and Japan have similar positions in safeguarding the free trade system and opposing trade protectionism. Only by strengthening cooperation can we achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.
In Fan Xiaojus view, a series of rare actions by the Japanese side convey the signal that the Abe government wants to further improve Sino-Japanese relations in 2019, and Ambassador Chengs response also expresses Chinas positive attitude, which is conducive to the development of bilateral relations.
Facing some legacy problems between China and Japan, Fan Xiaoju believes that the two sides should continue to consider how to solve these problems in the long run on the basis of building mutual trust.
Only in this way can China-Japan relations have a more reliable and predictable future. She said.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331