According to official and media disclosures, Zheng Zhijun noticed that from 13 to 29 this month, three high-level Japanese officials will visit China in half a month. The three senior Japanese officials are Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Japanese Sea Staff Chang Yamamura, and Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Junbo II. It is worth mentioning that the three persons have different identities, coming from the government, defense and party fields respectively.
So, what on earth are they doing in China?
The Foreign Minister visited China three times in two years
As in early 2018, Taro Onos visit to China is also on the weekend.
In August 2017, in the cabinet reorganization of Abe, the former administrative reform took on the role of Taro Kono as Japans new foreign minister. The foreign minister was regarded as one of the important positions of the Japanese cabinet, and Taro Konos new performance also attracted much attention from the outside world. More noteworthy is that his father is a famous former Japanese politician Yohei Ono, who has also served as foreign minister. Because of his advocacy of friendship with China, the name Yohei Ono also has a high reputation in China. Therefore, from his appointment to now, Taro Onos every move has also attracted attention from all walks of life in China.
When Taro Kono took office, Jiang Feng, a well-known media personality, wrote that Shinzo Abe had a deep consideration in choosing Taro Kono, the son of Yohei Kono, as his foreign minister. Compared with the relations between Japan, Korea, Japan, Russia and Japan and the United States, the relationship between Japan and China can easily increase its bright spot if we do it seriously.
As for the relationship between Taro Ono and his father, Jiang Feng also wrote that Taro Onos filial piety is well known in Japanese politics. In April 2002, Taro Onos father, Yohei Ono, had cirrhosis due to hepatitis C and needed liver transplantation. At this time, Taro Ono did not hesitate to transplant part of his liver to his father. He was a politician who took filial piety as his priority.
However, apart from the deep affection between father and son, the most concerned thing at that time was whether Heye could inherit his fathers political views and positions toward China.
There was such a thing. In August 2017, Taro Ono, the newly appointed foreign minister, fully followed the United States during his participation in the series of East Asian Cooperation Foreign MinistersConference held in Manila, accused China of defending its rights in the South China Sea, and expressed Japans support for the U.S. militarys freedom of navigation operations. In response, foreign minister Wang Yi spoke frankly very disappointed when he met with him. According to reports, Wang Yi said to Taro Hanoi, You have accomplished the task entrusted to you by the US side very well.
Afterwards, from January 27 to 28, 2018, Taro Ono was invited to pay an official visit to China, which was his first official visit since taking office. Then, in October of the same year, Taro Ono accompanied Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit China. Five months later, Heye embarked on another trip to China.
On the afternoon of April 13, Taro Hanoi and Wang Yi updated their social media status and wrote, Beijing is here.
Different backgrounds for visits to China
In fact, Taro Konos three visits to China have different backgrounds, which also reflect the development process of Sino-Japanese relations.
When Hanoi visited China in January 2018, the foreign ministers of China and Japan expressed their views on Sino-Japanese relations as promoting the continuous improvement of bilateral relations and pushing Japan-China relations to a new stage. It is worth pointing out that 2018 is a year of nodal significance for Sino-Japanese relations. It coincides with the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Forty years ago, in 1978, after arduous negotiations, the two countries held a signing ceremony of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship in Beijing on 12 August. At the end of October of the same year, Deng Xiaoping, then Vice Premier of the State Council, visited Japan. This was led by China after 1949. The guide visited Japan for the first time. It is worth mentioning that during his visit to China in January 2018, Taro Ono used a word to describe Sino-Japanese relations in his talks with Wang Yi, that is, remember the origin and never forget the first heart. At that time, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had not paid an official visit to China since he came to power again at the end of 2012. During his visit to China, the topic of paving the way for mutual visits between Chinese and Japanese heads of state was also widely concerned by Japanese media.
In October 2018, Taro Hanoi visited China again, this time with Shinzo Abe on an official visit to China. Regarding the visit, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at the time: this visit is the official visit of the Prime Minister of Japan after 7 years. As for the expression of Sino-Japanese relations, Lu said, With the joint efforts of both sides, the momentum of improvement in Sino-Japanese relations has been continuously strengthened. The visit also brought Sino-Japanese relations back on track.
When the time came to this year, a regular press conference of the Ministry of foreign affairs in April 12th, Zheng Zhi jun was also at the scene. On the visit of Kawano, a Japanese journalist asked a spokesman Lu Kang, what is Chinas expectation of Japans foreign minister Kawano Taros visit to China?
Zheng Zhi jun noticed that the spokesmans answer included two levels: first, Sino Japanese relations. Lu Kang said at that time that the relations between the two countries had maintained a momentum of improvement and the Chinese side attached importance to the visit to the river, followed by agenda and agenda. Lu Kang said that Wang Yis State Councilor and foreign minister will hold talks with him and exchange views on Sino Japanese relations and international and regional issues of common interest. State Councilor Wang Yi and Foreign Minister Tongheye will also co-chair the fifth high-level economic dialogue between China and Japan. More than 10 heads of government departments from both countries will gather to discuss in depth the broad issues of China-Japan macroeconomic policy, bilateral economic and trade relations, third-party market cooperation and innovation cooperation, and jointly expand opportunities for cooperation between the two countries.
The high-level economic dialogue between China and Japan is one of the important agenda of this visit by Hanoi. This dialogue mechanism was born 12 years ago. It was launched in April 2007 during the visit of Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. By 2010, the dialogue had been conducted three times. However, Japans visits to Yasukuni Shrine and Diaoyu Island led to the freezing point of Sino-Japanese relations, which was interrupted for eight years from 2010 to 2018. Until April 2018, the fourth China-Japan high-level economic dialogue was held in Tokyo, Japan.
As for the issue, trade and economy are the most important. In fact, the economic relations between China and Japan have been very close. According to Japanese statistics, China has been Japans largest trading partner since 2007. As of 2003, Japan has been Chinas largest trading partner for 11 consecutive years, and is now Chinas fourth largest trading partner (next to the United States, the European Union, ASEAN) and the second largest trading partner country (next to the United States). One of the hot words about China and Japan in the past two years is third-party market cooperation.
In fact, Zheng Zhijun has also introduced the origin of China-Japan third-party market cooperation in his previous articles. In April 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi was invited to visit Japan and reached consensus with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on promoting third-party market cooperation between enterprises of the two countries. In May of the same year, witnessed by Li Keqiang and Abe Jinsan, China and Japan jointly signed a memorandum on third-party market cooperation between Chinese and Japanese enterprises. The two sides agreed to establish a working mechanism to promote China-Japan third-party market cooperation. Thereafter, on September 25, the first meeting of the working mechanism of China-Japan third-party market cooperation was held in Beijing. Japanese Prime Ministers Assistant Officer and Quanyang people attended the meeting. When Abe visited China in October of the same year, the first China-Japan Third Party Forum on Market Cooperation was held in Beijing. Recently, China and Japan have also heard new news in this field. On April 2, the seminar on third-party market cooperation between China and Japan was held in Bangkok. It was reported that the purpose of the seminar was to explore the third-party market cooperation between China and Japan in Thailand, and to promote close cooperation between Chinese and Japanese enterprises in areas such as the Eastern Economic Corridor of Thailand and the construction of smart cities.
Regarding the third-party market cooperation between China and Japan, Gao Hong, former director of the Japanese Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, spoke to Zheng Zhijun in an interview. He believed that the prospect of cooperation was optimistic. Gao Hong said that bilateral economic and trade cooperation between China and Japan has been moving forward continuously since the establishment of diplomatic relations, and has stepped out of several highs. To be honest, bilateral cooperation needs to be developed, but it is not a new field after all. In the third-party market cooperation, China and Japan used to be on guard against each other, especially Japans close attention to us. Where we went, where it followed, and even vicious competition between the two sides. So it is a very good direction for us to turn competition into cooperation in the future.
Frequent interaction between China and Japan
In addition to Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Konos visit to China, there will also be high-level exchanges between China and Japan in the field of defense. According to Kyodo News Agency, Japans Ministry of Defense issued a news on April 11 that the maritime chief of staff, Chang Yamamura, will visit China from 22 to 25, about five years apart since April 2014. Japans maritime chief of staff visited Qingdao, Shandong Province, to attend an international naval parade and related activities to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Navy. It is reported that Japan will also dispatch the frigate Cool Moon of the Maritime Self-Defense Force to participate in the international naval parade.
After that, a senior Japanese official will come to China this month. According to Kyodo News Agency on April 12, Japans Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) announced on April 12 that its secretary-general, Junbo II, will visit China as Special Envoy of Shinzo Abe from April 24 to 29.
At the end of August 2018, when Second Junbo led a delegation to visit China, he was interviewed by reporters.
Junbo Erichi, 80, is a senior politician in Japan. In 2016, Shinzo Abe joined him as secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party. According to public reports, Zheng Zhijun has visited China at least seven times since 2015. At the end of August last year, Junbo II led a delegation of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan to visit China. At that time, in an interview with Zheng Zhijun, Junbo II talked about trade, Sino-Japanese relations and high-level exchanges between the two countries. He said that high-level exchanges between China and Japan have made very good progress, which can be personally felt by all. Through high-level exchanges, bilateral relations have developed smoothly, and we hope that this momentum will continue.
In addition to high-level official exchanges, according to the observation of the political knowledgeable emperor, there have been many other interactions between China and Japan in recent years. It is reported that the fifteenth round of negotiations on China-Japan-ROK FTA was held in Japan on April 12. Chinas Ministry of Commerce revealed that the negotiations had made positive progress. According to the Ministry of Commerce, the three parties held meetings of chief negotiators, bureau-level consultations and group meetings on 13 specific issues to reach a positive consensus on the ways and means of advancing negotiations on related issues and to clarify the next work arrangements.
Further ahead, on April 10, the China-Japan Young Entrepreneurs (Guizhou) Economic and Trade Exchange Project Docking Fair was held in Guizhou. At this meeting, it was reported that China and Japan had reached six cooperation agreements. On April 9, Ambassador Cheng Yonghua to Japan was invited to attend and deliver a speech at the Dawan District Promotion Conference in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. After the promulgation of the Outline of the Development Planning of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Great Bay Area, the three governments of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao jointly organized the promotional activities overseas for the first time.
In fact, since this year, there has been frequent interaction between China and Japan. As a long-term international campaigner, Zhengzhi Jun has also been touched by one detail. Since January this year, Zhengzhi Jun has received 10 invitations to activities of the Japanese Embassy in China, involving cultural, youth, economic and trade issues, which is a rare situation in recent years.
However, despite the fact that Sino-Japanese relations are back on track and showing a good momentum for improvement and development, Foreign Minister Wang Yi also stressed at the press conference of the two sessions this year that the improvement of Sino-Japanese relations is just at the beginning. What we need to do next is the unity of knowledge and practice. We should really treat history honestly, understand reality objectively and move forward steadfastly in the right direction with down-to-earth actions. Go.