FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi for a photo prior to a meeting in Tokyo. Motegi announced Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 that his Chinese counterpart Wang will visit Tokyo next week as the two Asian powers discuss ways to resume bilateral visits to revive their pandemic-hit economies and other regional issues. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP) Photo: AP file
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Chinese foreign minister to visit Japan to discuss virus, regional concerns

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

Japan's foreign minister announced Friday that his Chinese counterpart will visit Tokyo next week to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China's growing influence.

"There are various issues of concern between Japan and China, and it is important that we resolve them one by one through high-level meetings like this," Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said. "I hope to frankly exchange our views on regional issues, the global expansion of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as other international issues."

During his Nov. 24-25 visit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Motegi are expected to discuss resuming business trips between the world's No. 2 and No. 3 economies through a "business track" program that would allow visitors to engage in limited business activity during 14-day quarantine periods. Japan recently launched such arrangements with South Korea and Vietnam.

Motegi noted that Chinese visitors topped the number of tourists in Japan before the pandemic and said he hoped to discuss how they can resume travel while taking disease prevention measures.

He said the two countries are not currently considering rescheduling Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Japan, postponed from the spring due to the pandemic, because they are focusing on their fight against the pandemic.

Relations between the two countries have been strained over territorial disputes and wartime history. But ties have improved in recent years while China's trade dispute with the U.S. has escalated. Japan, a key U.S. ally, sees China as a crucial trading partner and faces the challenge of balancing its relations with both nations.

"China-Japan relations currently see steady development," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a daily briefing in Beijing on Friday. Along with boosting bilateral ties generally, China wants to cooperate with Japan in fighting the coronavirus and helping their economies recover from the pandemic, Zhao said.

He said Wang will also visit South Korea during his Nov. 24-27 trip.

The visit comes amid growing concerns stemming from China's increasing influence in the region.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison held talks this week with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in which they agreed to step up their military partnership and cooperation to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region as a counter to China's rise.

The two countries, along with the U.S. and India, are also trying to bring in Southeast Asian nations and others to join their cooperation, which Beijing has criticized as an attempt to form an "Asian NATO" to counter China.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters Friday that the vision, known as "Free and Open Indo-Pacific," is not targeting a specific nation and "we plan to achieve it by cooperating with any country that shares the view."

Motegi said a meeting is being arranged between Wang and Suga during his visit, the first with a Japanese prime minister by a top Chinese official since the February visit of Chinese foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi.

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Does anyone know the real situation in China? If they still have the virus defeated something does not seem right and either way you look at this it it is not good

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How is this for regional concerns: Mass incarceration of a minority, the Uighurs in Xinjiang, on a scale unlike anything since the Holocaust. Forced sterilization of the women. Massive population transfers. Organ harvesting and the marketing of tons of human hair. Slave labor. Systematic torture. The removal of children from their families, mandatory political indoctrination, an elaborate system of advanced-technology surveilance unprecedented in the history of police states. That should keep them busy. Lots to talk about.

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No he is coming to Japan to show the “eyes plucking power of China”

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Japan has to be diplomatic and extend the hand of friendship to the tyrants in Beijing, Moscow and Washington. It's not pretty, and in the case of some of these puffed up strutting apologists for authoritarianism, it's downright offensive.

But without dialogue we get nowhere.

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So the CCP make threats againgst everyone but still want to make business and trade deals. cant anyone else see what is going on here.

Just tell them to go home stay and no one wants to trade with them.

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We are part of the Quad Alliance.

We just signed a defense agreement with Australia. 2020.

At the same time we signed RCEP with China and 15 other nations.

What does this all mean? ?

China needs to play nice. They have a lot to lose. Not enough to gain by being aggressive.

Some people on here just want Japan to be nasty towards China. We don't live across the Ocean like you, China is our neighbor, number #1 trading partner. #1 in Tourist visiting Japan.

Let China attack Taiwan first.

Let them attack Philippines or Vietnam.

Then Yes! Let's go anti-China.

None of that happened! It's not in Japan's best interest to take this nasty policy towards China which many of you are pushing on here!

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Ccp created corona n killed nearly a million in counting n made billions r still suffering so keep the number s**t in China only the best policy is to say “yes n do no” to china n quad is giving CCP day afternoon night n nap mares

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Let China attack Taiwan first.

Let them attack Philippines or Vietnam.

That is arguably the most embarrassing thing I've read. Not only you say that Taiwanese, Filippino and Vietnamese lives are not the same worth as Japanese lives, but you're basically saying that Japan should not stand up for any kind of principles whatsoever. That kind of thought is no different from the current South Korean president wanting to show open arms to his northern neighbor, who has shown nothing deserving of such a welcome nor any form of détente.

Baltic countries and Finland sit right next to Russia BY LAND, but they are showing far more backbone as nations with their own democratic principles vis-à-vis Russia regardless of how much money comes from Russian-based trade and tourism. It shouldn't be that hard for Japan to learn something over there.

Détente is not something you give from a country to another. It has to be earned.

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Japanese and Chinese have tradition to visit each other like relatives. Ministers should visit as many as possible. Suga govt has done a good job in that regard. I will personally welcome Mr Wang at the airport, no need to keep it as a secret.

Long live northeast Asians.

-16 ( +2 / -18 )

Totalitarian will just insist on the island is his own territory, no matter what an international law say.

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IF you want to see how China deals with its counterparts, look no further than its abuse of its relationship with Australia. No one should be fooled about Chinese global ambitions, or that they will trample all norms of civilized behavior to accomplish them, and destroy the global environment into the bargain. Next to climate change, Chinese hegemony is probably the greatest threat to the planet's future.

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Try living 1 day without Chinese products. You will be nude and will be back to newspapers.

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AkieToday  09:11 am JST

Anti China policy based on lies has to come to an end. Demonize China doesn't make a nation great but a fool. If LDP wants Japanese to believe that CCP is bad, then perform better than CCP, as simple as that. There is no point to lie. CCP lifted 800 million people out of poverty in 40 years, can LDP dose the same ? 

The LDP turned a totally war devastated Japan to the second largest economy in the world in 1968. The LDP lifted the country out of poverty in 22 years.

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If LDP wants Japanese to believe that CCP is bad, then perform better than CCP,

Morally there is no comparison in the last 70 years. China has massacred its own citizens in Tienanmen square, internment camps for millions of citizens, mass movements of Han Chinese to displace other less desirable local populations within China, forced sterilization of Uighur women, breaking a formal treaty on Hong Kong to enable it to arrest and detain any Hong Kong citizen from using free speech and the list goes on.

CCP is clearly bad. It may have done some good things in its existence but it is much out weighed by how it stifles freedoms and its people on a daily basis. Japan in comparison during that time has minded its own business, treated its people with respect, and become a respected and valued partner of many nations around the world.

China wishes it had the respect Japan has on the world stage. It just doesnt, and looks like not achieving that unless it renounces single party rule.

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China isn’t all that different from North Korea in lots of ways, except China knows how to make money. Why should everybody ignore the Uighur people, Hong Kong, the land grabs, etc. ? Diplomatic relations are fine, but how much is to be ignored and swept under the rug?

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I wish Mr Toshimitsu Motegi would tell his counterpart to drop the "wolf warrior" thingy.

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Japan has to play astutely sandwiched between the two giants. China's approach to Japan means they are in trouble in relations to U.S. This is different from South Korea. Abe said before Japan can reason with China but not with South Korea. Japan has to behave carefully avoiding displeasures of the two.

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Japan: Uses all kinds of language and criticisms to attack against China

China: Uses BIG MONEY

China: Uses BIG PROMISE TO OPEN DOMESTIC ECONOMY!

China: Uses Chinese tourism

Japan: Fainted

China: I have captured an economy!

I am just demonstrating an example that it's not easy to go against China.

Japan has to play astutely sandwiched between the two giants. China's approach to Japan means they are in trouble in relations to U.S. This is different from South Korea. Abe said before Japan can reason with China but not with South Korea. Japan has to behave carefully avoiding displeasures of the two.

Coerced and dominated, not "sandwiched". Either power can end Japan in a heartbeat without waging a kinetic war.

That is arguably the most embarrassing thing I've read. Not only you say that Taiwanese, Filippino and Vietnamese lives are not the same worth as Japanese lives, but you're basically saying that Japan should not stand up for any kind of principles whatsoever. That kind of thought is no different from the current South Korean president wanting to show open arms to his northern neighbor, who has shown nothing deserving of such a welcome nor any form of détente.

He is joking. Anyway, you guys shouldn't hold much hope that the US will destroy China for the sake of Vietnam. People should have a realistic mindset.

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IF you want to see how China deals with its counterparts, look no further than its abuse of its relationship with Australia. expat Nov 21 at  10:37 am JST

Not only China has intimidated and bullied Australia, the Global Times, the lousy mouthpiece of China has also stepped up its attack on Japan. In an editorial on Nov 17, 2020, this website directly named Japan and Australia in its verbal onslaught: "Countries like Japan and Australia have been used as US tools. The strategic risk for a tool to be damaged is certainly higher than that of a user." 

In my view, China's worst fears have come true, as both Japan and Australia join the QUAD not as a normal tool but as a spearhead which could cause great damage to its aggressive expansion in the East and Southeast Asia Seas. That is the reason why China sent Wang Yi to visit Japan in the hope that it could use trade to compromise Japan's standpoint.

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Good start.

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Ccp created corona n killed nearly a million in counting 

This is a part of their arsenal in the trade war. They took out Trump and many more.

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