Published: 11:23, May 27, 2024 | Updated: 18:41, May 27, 2024
China urges Japan, ROK to uphold spirit of cooperation
By Xinhua
Chinese Premier Li Qiang talks to the Republic of Korea President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during their trilateral meeting at the Blue House in Seoul, May 27, 2024. (PHOTO / POOL VIA AP)

Chinese Premier Li Qiang said on Monday that China, Japan and the Republic of Korea should stay committed to the original aspiration for cooperation and make joint efforts to resume and accelerate China-Japan-ROK cooperation so as to make greater contributions to regional prosperity and stability.

Li made the remarks at the ninth Trilateral Summit Meeting among China, Japan and the ROK.

As this year marks the 25th anniversary of the China-Japan-ROK trilateral cooperation mechanism, Li said that at this new starting point, China, Japan and the ROK should stay committed to the original aspiration for cooperation and uphold openness, inclusiveness, mutual respect and trust, mutual benefit and mutual learning.

The second is to deepen economic and trade connectivity, maintain the stability and smoothness of the industrial chain and supply chain, and resume and complete the negotiations of the China-Japan-ROK free trade agreement as soon as possible

He said that the three sides should upgrade and speed up China-Japan-ROK cooperation, embark on a new journey of comprehensive development, and contribute more to regional prosperity and stability.

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Li put forward a five-point proposal on deepening China-Japan-ROK cooperation. The first is to promote the comprehensive restart of cooperation, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, fully tap the potential for cooperation, steadily facilitate growth, and foster positive interplay between bilateral relations and trilateral cooperation.

The second is to deepen economic and trade connectivity, maintain the stability and smoothness of the industrial chain and supply chain, and resume and complete the negotiations of the China-Japan-ROK free trade agreement as soon as possible.

The third is to lead scientific and technological innovation cooperation and strengthen collaborative innovation and cooperation in frontier fields. China will establish a China-Japan-ROK Innovation Cooperation Center in China to help the three countries accelerate the cultivation of new growth drivers.

China's Premier Li Qiang (right) speaks during a joint news conference with the Republic of Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol (center) and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (left) following their trilateral summit meeting in Seoul on May 27, 2024. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

The fourth is to boost cultural and people-to-people exchanges and take the opportunity of the China-Japan-ROK 2025-2026 Year of Cultural Exchange to bring closer the hearts of the three neighbors.

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The fifth is to strive to promote sustainable development, strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the fields of low-carbon transformation, climate change, aging population, and epidemic response, among others, and explore and carry out more "China-Japan-ROK + X" cooperation projects.

Li pointed out that the current situation on the Korean Peninsula remains tense. All parties should play a constructive role by staying committed to easing tensions, restarting dialogue as soon as possible, and advancing the political settlement process of the Korean Peninsula issue, so as to safeguard peace and stability in the region.

China, Japan, and the ROK should leverage their respective development strengths to create a new engine for regional cooperation that actively addresses the needs of ASEAN and other neighboring countries. The three countries should work together to boost the momentum of ASEAN Plus Three cooperation, he said.

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China is willing to work with the ROK and Japan to vigorously promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind and jointly safeguard long-term stability and security in the region and the world at large, Li said.

China's Premier Li Qiang speaks during a joint news conference with the Republic of Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida following their trilateral summit meeting in Seoul on May 27, 2024. (PHOTO / AFP)

The leaders of the ROK and Japan said that the resumption of trilateral cooperation after more than four years is of great significance. They hoped that the three countries will take this summit as a new starting point to maintain the stability and continuity of cooperation and deepen cooperation in six key areas: culture and people-to-people exchanges, sustainable development, economy and trade, public health, science and technology, and disaster relief.

They also hoped that the three countries will resume the trilateral FTA negotiations, jointly promote regional cooperation in East Asia, tackle climate change and other global challenges, and foster the steady development of relations among the ROK, Japan, and China so as to bring greater benefits to the peoples of the three countries and make greater contribution to world peace and prosperity.

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After the meeting, leaders of the three countries jointly met the press.

China is willing to take this summit as an opportunity to work with ROK and Japan to promote steady and sustained China-Japan-ROK cooperation, Li said

Li said that in the face of new challenges and new opportunities, China-Japan-ROK cooperation should shoulder new responsibilities and make new progress.

China is willing to take this summit as an opportunity to work with ROK and Japan to promote steady and sustained China-Japan-ROK cooperation, Li said.

The three sides issued the Joint Declaration of the Ninth China-Japan-ROK Trilateral Summit, the Joint Statement on a 10-Year Vision for Trilateral IP Cooperation, and the Joint Statement on Future Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response.

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They agreed to deliver on the Trilateral Cooperation Vision for the Next Decade adopted at the eighth Trilateral Summit Meeting, set up mechanisms for the trilateral cooperation, maintain close communication and cooperation under APT and other multilateral frameworks, and jointly uphold peace, stability and prosperity of the world. The three sides agreed to designate 2025-2026 the China-Japan-ROK Year of Cultural Exchange.