Experts on the Restart of Strategic Dialogue between China and Japan: Focusing on the overall situation and clarifying their respective bottom lines

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 Experts on the Restart of Strategic Dialogue between China and Japan: Focusing on the overall situation and clarifying their respective bottom lines


The 14th China-Japan Strategic Dialogue was held on 10 August, after 13 previous meetings between China and Japan. Eight of the fourteen dialogues were held in China and six in Japan.

The first one was held in Beijing in May 2005. Li Zhaoxing, then foreign minister, met with Taro Nakaguchi, then Japans undersecretary for foreign affairs, who came to China to participate in the strategic dialogue. Dai Bingguo, then Vice Foreign Minister, held a dialogue with Gunnai and exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations and regional and international issues of common concern. Global Network reported that during the freezing period of bilateral relations, the opening of strategic dialogue played an important role in overcoming political obstacles between the two countries and defining the important connotation and basic framework of bilateral strategic reciprocal relations.

In response to the resumption of the dialogue in 2019, Reference News quoted Zhou Yongsheng, an expert on Japan at the Institute of Foreign Affairs, as saying: This dialogue will focus on the direction of bilateral relations and touch on some important regional and international issues of common concern to both sides. Unlike many other work-level negotiations and official contacts dealing with specific issues, this strategic dialogue focuses on the overall situation, with a clear understanding of their respective bottom lines, crisis management and future planning. Zhou Yongsheng pointed out.

In addition, Zhou Yongsheng believed that Beijing would probably offer to help repair the relationship between Seoul and Tokyo. He believes that mediating Japan-ROK relations is in Chinas interest, helps to ensure the completion of free trade agreement negotiations between China, Japan and ROK, and finalizes the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP).

Peng Mei Journalist Nan Boyi

Source: Wang Xiaowu_NF, Responsible Editor of Peng Mei News