Kishida meets senior Chinese Communist Party diplomatic official

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has met with a high-ranking official of the Chinese Communist Party. Kishida expressed his desire to make progress toward resolving pending issues and concerns through dialogue.

Kishida received a courtesy call by Liu Jianchao, the head of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, on Wednesday.

Liu is now visiting Japan at the invitation of the country's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito. He is viewed as an important figure who may assume a key role in Chinese diplomacy in the near future.

During the meeting, Kishida said he hopes to accelerate cooperation in areas in which they work together and to resolve pending issues through dialogue, in line with the broader goal of expanding common interests under the "mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests."

In response, Liu referred to the importance of bilateral dialogue and expressed his commitment to enhancing it.

Kishida also stressed the importance of inter-party exchanges for the development of Japan-China relations.

Liu replied that he hopes to further promote exchanges in various areas, including between political parties.

The International Department of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee says Liu told Kishida that maintaining stability in the Taiwan Strait is in the common interest of the two countries and Japan should abide by Beijing's "one-China principle."

Liu also reportedly referred to the discharge of treated and diluted water from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean.

He described the water as "nuclear contaminated" and said such sensitive issues should be properly addressed.

The nuclear power plant suffered a triple meltdown during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Water used to cool molten fuel at the plant has been mixing with rain and groundwater. The accumulated water is being treated to remove most radioactive substances, but still contains tritium.
Before releasing the treated water into the ocean, the plant's operator dilutes it to reduce tritium levels to about one-seventh of the World Health Organization's guidance level for drinking water.