China reiterates Diaoyu Islands issue

China reiterates Diaoyu Islands issue
Prior to that, the two sides held a heads of delegation meeting on January 20. On the basis of the heads of delegations’ talks, this consultation held the plenary session of the Mechanism and the meetings of the three working groups, namely Maritime Defense, Maritime Law Enforcement and Security and Marine Economy, during which they had an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on marine-related issues and maritime exchanges and cooperation.

On February 3, the 12th round of China-Japan High-level Consultation on Maritime Affairs was held via video. The consultation was co-chaired by Hong Liang, director-general of the Department of Boundary and Maritime Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and Kenyu Funashi, director-general of the Bureau of Asia and Oceania Affairs of the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Officials from China’s Foreign Ministry, the Foreign Affairs Office of the CPC Central Committee, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the National Energy Administration, the China Police Bureau and the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Cabinet Secretary, Fisheries Department, Fisheries Department, Resources and Energy Department, Coast Guard, Environment Ministry and Defense Ministry respectively sent officials to the event.

Prior to that, the two sides held a heads of delegation meeting on January 20. On the basis of the heads of delegations’ talks, this consultation held the plenary session of the Mechanism and the meetings of the three working groups, namely Maritime Defense, Maritime Law Enforcement and Security and Marine Economy, during which they had an extensive and in-depth exchange of views on marine-related issues and maritime exchanges and cooperation.

The two sides confirmed that they will fully implement the consensus reached by Chinese and Japanese leaders and the four-point principled consensus, properly handle differences through dialogue, push forward maritime cooperation in a pragmatic way and make joint efforts to build the East China Sea into a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship. The two sides stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the East China Sea and agreed to convene as soon as possible the annual and special meetings of the maritime and air liaison mechanism between the defense ministries, accelerate the launch of the process of establishing direct telephone links under the mechanism, strengthen crisis management and prevent contingencies. The two sides will continue to explore cooperation on resource development in the East China Sea in accordance with the principled consensus on the issue previously reached.

China reiterates its solemn position on the issue of the Diaoyu Islands and demands Japan to avoid taking actions that may complicate the situation. The Chinese side urges the Japanese side to earnestly implement the arrangement of the China-Japan Fisheries Agreement and work with China to maintain the fishery order in relevant waters. Upon request, the Chinese side introduced the relevant contents of the Coast Guard Law of the People’s Republic of China, stressing that the enactment of the Law is China’s normal legislative activity and fully complies with international laws and practices.

The two sides reached the following consensus on specific maritime cooperation: First, within the framework of the China-Japan Maritime Search and Rescue Agreement, the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center and the Japanese Coast Guard should strengthen cooperation at local levels and carry out joint exercises in various forms.

Second, we support further cooperation between the China Sea Police Force and the Japanese Coast Guard in combating maritime crimes and exchanging law enforcement personnel.

Third, strengthen exchanges on Marine environmental protection. The two sides confirmed the consensus reached at the Second Meeting of the China-Japan Expert Dialogue Platform on Marine Waste Cooperation and the Second China-Japan Seminar on Marine Waste to further cooperate on the prevention and control of Marine plastic waste.

Fourth, continue to carry out exchanges of visits among personnel from foreign ministries, promote exchanges among young cadres on maritime affairs, and support exchanges and cooperation among think tanks and academic and educational institutions on maritime affairs.

Fifth, strengthen cooperation on combating illegal fishing, promoting eel resource management and conservation of fisheries resources in the North Pacific.

The two sides also exchanged views on Marine resources and energy, wastewater treatment of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Marine science and technology and cooperation in Marine industry.

The two sides agreed in principle to hold the 13th round of China-Japan High-level Consultation on Maritime Affairs within this year. At the same time, the heads of the two sides should maintain close communication according to the needs of the work, manage differences and promote cooperation.