BEIJING (Jiji Press) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed Wednesday that appropriate action by Japan over history issues is a condition for his visit to the country later this year for a trilateral summit among the two nations plus South Korea.
During a press conference held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing after the end of the National People’s Congress earlier in the day, Li also expressed his country’s position of not compromising with the United States on issues relating to the South China Sea.
Li said that whether the three-way summit among China, Japan and South Korea will take place as planned depends on their behavior.
It is necessary for China and Japan to match their words with actions based on their basic agreement on history issues, he added.
While pointing to momentum toward improvement in China-Japan ties, Li said that the bilateral relationship is not strong yet but is fragile.
He said that he does not want to see the two countries’ relations return to their previous state of confrontation over history issues.
Meanwhile, Li said that economic relations between China, Japan and South Korea, which account for one-fifth of the world economy, are strongly complementary to one another.
The three nations will be able to develop markets across the world further through mutual cooperation, he said.
In November last year, the three countries held a meeting of their leaders for the first time in about three and a half years, in Seoul, and agreed to regularize trilateral summit talks.
This year’s summit is slated to be held in Japan, with Li seen making his first visit to the country since assuming the post of premier in March 2013.