On October 19, 2023, Taihe Institute (TI) and the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR) co-hosted a seminar celebrating 45th anniversary of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. The seminar, themed "Reshaping Sino-Japanese Relations in the New Era," attracted Chinese experts like Executive Vice President of the China Society of Sino-Japanese Relations History Lyu Xiaoqing, Vice President of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations Hu Jiping, Director of the East Asian Studies Center at Renmin University of China Huang Dahui, as well as TI senior fellows Wang Jian and Qian Feng and TI Editor-in-Chief Song Xiaofeng. Also in attendance were Japanese experts including JFIR President Watanabe Mayu, JFIR Executive Director Kikuchi Yona, Dean of Faculty of Policy Management at Keio University Kamo Tomoki, Head of China Division of Regional Studies Department at the National Institute for Defense Studies Iida Masafumi, Executive Chief Researcher at the Institute for International Economic Studies Ito Shingo, Director and Senior Research Fellow of the Area Studies Center at Institute of Developing Economies Matsumoto Haruka, and Editorial Board Member and Editorial Writer at Nikkei Takahashi Tetsushi.
At the seminar, guests from both countries discussed the challenges in Sino-Japanese relations and offered advice on bridging gaps and enhancing collaboration. They argued that China and Japan should seek common ground and mutual benefits while reserving their differences. Furthermore, they called for exploring new avenues of collaboration and bolstering people-to-people exchanges.
The China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship reflects the insights of past political leaders from both countries. Moving forward, China and Japan should uphold the Treaty's principles to ensure sustained, healthy development of bilateral ties.
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