On November 23, 2011, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba in Beijing.
During the talks, Yang described the development of bilateral ties as "generally good" since Japan's new cabinet took office in September. Earlier this month, Noda met respectively with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the APEC meetings in Hawaii and Premier Wen Jiabao during a series of meetings for East Asian leaders held in Bali, Indonesia. "The leaders of the two nations have reached important consensus on furthering the strategic relationship of mutual benefit between China and Japan, which will play a significant role in guiding bilateral ties," Yang said. China is ready to make joint efforts with Japan to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and further advance their strategic relationship of mutual benefit in a sustained way, Yang said.
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. Yang said that the two nations should take advantage of the anniversary to "consolidate and expand" the consensus, boost the political trust between the two neighbors, and deepen their cooperation in terms of trade, economy, post-disaster reconstruction and disaster prevention and alleviation. He urged both sides to well prepare events in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations, expand humanities exchanges, strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs and actively promote common interests.
Gemba said the development of the strategic relationship of mutual benefit and the pragmatic cooperation between Japan and China is of critical significance for the two nations as well as for the whole world. Japan sees China's development as an opportunity and is willing to work together with the Chinese side to step up high-level exchanges and boost political trust with each other, Gemba said. The Japanese foreign minister also pledged to enhance reciprocal cooperation with China, promote people-to-people exchanges especially among youths of the two nations and step up coordination on international and regional issues in order to push bilateral ties to a new level.
Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.