China and Japan plan high-level exchanges to mark the 50th anniversary. of ties

China and Japan are holding high-level exchanges to mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral relations on Sept. 29, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Monday.

China attaches “great importance” to commemorating the milestone in relations with Japan and is “ready to push forward high-level exchanges and cooperation, including at the ministerial level”, Zhao said during the meeting. a press conference, adding that teams from both sides were working on possible visits. of officials.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian attends a press conference in Beijing on August 1, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi plan to meet in person Thursday on the sidelines of a series of meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia, sources say. Japanese governments.

It will be the first face-to-face dialogue between the foreign ministers of Japan and China since November 2020 amid rising tensions over issues such as a territorial dispute.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson rapped about a pledge made by the Japanese and US foreign and economy ministers on Friday during their inaugural “two plus two” talks in Washington to uphold an open international economic order based on rules amid challenges from China.

“China always upholds the principle of openness, inclusiveness and win-win outcomes,” Zhao said, contradicting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s assertion that Beijing’s “coercive economic practices” are going to contrary to the international economic order.

He urged the United States and Japan not to “politicize, militarize and expand the concept of national security on economic, commercial and scientific issues”.

During the economic talks, the US side indicated that efforts to strengthen economic security are driven by China’s assertiveness and its use of economic leverage to pressure other countries to make concessions.