Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in a keynote speech in the lower house of parliament, announced his intention to continue to promote constructive, stable and strategically mutually beneficial relations with China.
“We have been engaging with China at various levels, including during my summit with President Xi Jinping last November. We intend to fully promote the “mutually beneficial relationship of strategic importance” while at the same time continuing to defend our position… against attempts to unilaterally change the status quo in the East China and South China Seas by force,” the Japanese prime minister noted in his speech.
Japan and China will “seek to build constructive and stable relations through dialogue, including on controversial issues, as well as through cooperation on common issues,” Kishida said.
At the same time, the Japanese Prime Minister again emphasized that he intends to continue to urge Beijing to lift the ban on the import of fish products, introduced against the backdrop of the beginning of the discharge of treated low-radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant into the ocean.