Yamaguchi meets with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

May 11 , 2018

Premier Li and Yamaguchi met in Tokyo on May 10Premier Li (left) and Yamaguchi met in Tokyo on May 10

On May 10, Komeito Chief Representative Natsuo Yamaguchi, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Toshiro Nikai and other top officials of Japan’s coalition government met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang together during his visit to Japan as a state guest. This was the first time Li and Yamaguchi have met.

In their meeting, Premier Li acknowledged the effort exerted in both Japan and China to advance peace and friendship between the two countries, even during the most trying of times, and stated his hope that bilateral relations will continue to consistently develop for the better on a gradual, yet steady basis.

In response, Yamaguchi welcomed Premier Li’s visit to Japan to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. He reaffirmed that Komeito, as it has for a half-century, remains committed to promoting friendly ties while providing political stability in Japan.

The Chinese premier said that mutual exchange between the top leaders of China and Japan are important, but it was equally vital for the younger generations of legislators from the two countries to meet and interact to deepen mutual understanding. Yamaguchi and Nikai agreed and pledged to facilitate such encounters.

In their talk, Premier Li recalled his dialogue with Komeito party founder Daisaku Ikeda 33 years ago and expressed his appreciation for the latter’s contributions to bilateral amity.

Among those attending the meeting was Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi, Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua and Komeito Secretary General Yoshihisa Inoue.