On 4th December 2017, the third China-Japan CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue was held in Tokyo, Japan. More than 70 former senior officials, business leaders, and scholars attended the dialogue, including Zeng Peiyan, former Vice Premier of the State Council of China, and Yasuo Fukuda, former Japanese Prime Minister. At the welcome reception, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other senior officials delivered speeches.
Shinzo Abe said the relation between China and Japan is inseparable. During the China-Japan Leaders Summit last month, the two sides reached an agreement on consolidating and strengthening the relations between the two countries, deepening bilateral cooperation in various fields and exploring the third markets jointly. Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China. He hopes that both sides will work together to lead high-level exchanges and focus on the huge demand for infrastructure construction in Asia. The two countries will expand their common interest through mutually beneficial cooperation and push forward the development of Japan-China strategic and mutually beneficial relations. Since the founding of the dialogue, it has played an increasingly important role in promoting pragmatic cooperation and hopefully, this dialogue will add new impetus to the economic cooperation between them.
Zeng Peiyan pointed out that the Chinese leaders attach great importance to the development of China-Japan relations. China has always stood for the principle of “taking history as a mirror and looking forward to the future”. Furthermore, the Chinese government has steadily promoted the bilateral relations based on the four China-Japan political documents. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, China’s President Xi Jinping and Japan’s Prime Minister Abe met with each other recently and expressed their good wishes for improving the China-Japan relations. The healthy and steady development of China-Japan relations is in the common interest of both sides. Apart from that, the economic and trade cooperation is one of the largest common interest and also an impetus for the China-Japan relations. We sincerely hope that the two countries will further strengthen mutual trust and create a better political atmosphere for bilateral economic and trade cooperation.
At the reception, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua, Secretary General of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party Toshihiro Nikai, and Chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) Sadayuki Sakakibara, delivered their speech respectively.
The China-Japan CEO and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue is sponsored by China Center for International Economic Exchanges and Japan Society for Economic Cooperation and Development. It is a great platform for exchanges between China and Japan and is aimed at enhancing mutual trust and understanding among entrepreneurs of the two countries and earnestly promoting pragmatic cooperation. It strives to provide positive energy to the development of China-Japan relations. The dialogue will take place alternately in China and Japan. At the third dialogue, representatives will hold frank dialogues focusing on economic and trade cooperation, covering such topics as trade, investment and industrial cooperation, and cooperation in the development of third markets.