On April 7, 2012, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba in Ningbo, Zhejiang on the sidelines of the sixth China-Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers Meeting.
During the meeting, Yang said the China-Japan friendship is the common will of the people of the two countries. President Hu Jintao held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit not long ago. Both sides reaffirmed once again that they will take the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations this year as an opportunity to push for new development of the bilateral relations. China will continue to enhance high-level exchanges with Japan, and maintain bilateral communication and coordination on bilateral relations and major issues of common concern, said Yang. He also called on the two sides to deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation in the fields of economy and trade, finance, energy-saving and environmental protection, and work to make the year of exchanges and friendship a successful one.
Yang noted that the two countries should properly handle sensitive issues in bilateral relations on the basis of universally acknowledged norms governing the international relations and the principle of mutual respect. He also called on the two sides to increase mutual understanding and friendship, so as to promote the healthy development of bilateral strategic and mutually beneficial relations.
Noting China's development provides opportunities for Japan, Gemba said the Japanese government attaches great importance to the advancement of bilateral strategic and mutually beneficial ties and hopes to make use of the year of exchanges and friendship to enhance bilateral exchanges and cooperation. "Japan is willing to strengthen dialogues with China on major regional and international issues," he added.
Yang and Gemba agreed that the upcoming trilateral meeting among leaders of China, Japan and ROK would carry great significance in promoting trilateral cooperation in the new situation, and the two sides would beef up cooperation to ensure the success of the meeting.
They also exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula and other issues.