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Trilateral cooperation strives to overcome difficulties

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-04-2015 14:59 BJT

By Zhangyong, Associate Researcher, Japan Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

On Oct. 31- Nov. 2, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang paid a visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) and attend the 6th trilateral leaders' meeting in Seoul.


On Oct. 27, the China-Japan-ROK Seminar themed, "communicative dialogue and win-win cooperation" was held in Beijing. The seminar offers intellectual support for the upcoming meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech at the seminar, saying the meeting is expected to overcome outside interferences, yield positive results, promote trilateral cooperation going back on track, and open up new prospects.

The summit restarted after a three-year hiatus. The international community is watching if it would bear fruitful results. Shouldering responsibility and win-win cooperation would be crucial. East Asia has suffered from many tragedies.

Since the 1990s, regional cooperation in East Asia has flourished. Wherein the China-Japan-ROK’s total population and GDP (gross domestic product) have accounted for 70% and 90% of the East Asia respectively, they jointly have a historic mission to revitalize East Asia.

The region is facing many development difficulties. Pursuing a unique development path of multiple systems and integrated echelons based on crossing different social systems and values has become more reliable.
Since establishment of trilateral cooperation, much progress has been made in trade, investment and other fields.

The next phase is to build a C-J-K FTA (China-South Korea free trade agreement). There is more hope than difficulties. To promote cooperation and seek win-win are common interests for the three countries.

A proper understanding of history remains an obstacle. The so-called "understanding of history" refers to Japanese leaders' words and deeds of covering up, denying or beautifying Japan's aggression history.

Japanese politics has taken a rightist turn. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement released by the Japanese top leaders at the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II reflects many problems. He focused on tragic aspects that were inflicted upon Japan.

Influencing Japanese people with tragic emotions is to transfer the victims' inherent central role, which is not consistent with historical facts. Neighboring countries' do not feel empathy for the so-called sufferings of Japanese troops during the war.

In addition to fake repentance, Abe said they must not let their children, grandchildren, and future generations feel the necessity to apologize to the world.

Abe is getting rid of a postwar system for Japan. The main reason for hiatus of a China-Japan-ROK summit involves Tokyo's misunderstanding of history.

Provided that Tokyo works together with Beijing and Seoul to promote trilateral cooperation would bring fortune to East Asia. Can Tokyo demonstrate its sincerity?

China is the mainstay of trilateral cooperation. Since reforms and opening up, Beijing has made remarkable achievements.

China will continue to develop its prosperity, emphasizing neighborhood diplomacy featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefits and inclusiveness to provide better public goods for East Asian countries.

Although East Asian cooperation has made certain achievements, there is still much room to be improved, such as creating a common understanding, enhancing mutual trust and expanding cooperation.

Looking to the future, East Asia can realize a rejuvenation for humanity that is not inferior to achievements made by Europe and the US.

Trilateral cooperation can overcome current difficulties. As a responsible major power, Beijing will promote integrated cooperation in Asia. China will work together with countries to temper themselves amidst challenges to overcome difficulties.

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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