Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the ATER summit in San Francisco. Mr. Kishida called for building “stable and constructive” Japanese-Chinese relations, and also demanded the lifting of the embargo on Japanese seafood and the removal of Chinese research buoys near the disputed territories, the Japanese agency reports. Kyodo.
“For the sake of future generations, we must open up a brighter future for Japanese-Chinese relations, I want to do this with joint efforts,” said Mr. Kishida (translated by RIA Novosti).
In turn, Mr. Xi noted that cooperation should be mutually beneficial and “correspond to the new era.” He stressed that the parties must “properly resolve differences” for the sake of the common interests of their peoples.
The Prime Minister of Japan demanded that China immediately remove the research buoy located in the waters of the East China Sea near the shores of the disputed Senkaku (Diaoyu) Island.
He also called on Mr. Xi to lift the restriction on the import of Japanese seafood into China.
In August, China introduced a complete ban on imports of fish and seafood from Japan. According to the Chinese government, such products are contaminated with radiation due to the discharge of contaminated water from the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant into the ocean.
Chinese research vessels periodically enter Japanese territorial waters. Japanese authorities reported that Chinese vessels were spotted primarily near the Senkaku Islands and a group of islands in the East China Sea. These islands are controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing. On November 11, Japan expressed concern about air patrols conducted by Russia and China over the Sea of Japan. Against this backdrop, the authorities decided to speed up the deployment of long-range missiles to strengthen defense.
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