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July 25, 1978


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    The delegations discuss their feeling toward the treaty and what still needs to be discussed.
    "Cable No. 1407, Ambassador Sato to the Foreign Minister, 'Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China Negotiations (4th Meeting)'," July 25, 1978, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, 2010-367, Act on Access to Information Held by Administrative Organs. Also available at the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Contributed by Yutaka Kanda and translated by Stephen Mercado.
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Number: (TA) R053421     5320

Primary: Asian Affairs Bureau Director-General

Sent: China, July 25, 1978,   19:05

Received: MOFA, July 25, 1978,   20:24

To: The Foreign Minister      

From: Ambassador Sato

Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and China Negotiations (4th Meeting)

No. 1407 Secret Top Urgent

(Limited Distribution)

Re: Outgoing Telegrams No. 1396 and No. 1398

On the afternoon of the 25th, from 3:00 to around 4:45, for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes (including a break period of 45 minutes), the fourth meeting took place. A summary of its main points is as follows: (The place of the meeting and the participants were the same as for the first meeting.)

1. First, I said that today was my turn to host the meeting. When I asked Vice Minister Han if there were anything he needed to say first, Vice Minister Han said, “Please, the Japanese side first.” I thus spoke as per the separate telegrams.

2. After I spoke, Vice Minister Han proposed a break, so we went on break, resting for approximately 45 minutes.

3. After the break, Vice Minister Han spoke as follows:

(1) In listening to what the Ambassador has just said, I felt that our two sides are still very far apart on the main issue. Among the points in the Ambassador’s statement, there are many with which we cannot agree. Regarding what the Ambassador said today, after examining it in detail, we would like to state our views at the next meeting.

(2) Next, concerning the Ambassador’s proposal to conduct an unofficial exchange of opinions, we can consider it. However, we should carry out this unofficial exchange of opinions concerning the main issue, that is to say, that of anti-hegemony.  Concerning the preamble and the other clauses, we would like to discuss them after settling the anti-hegemony issue, which is the main one, or at least after a settlement is in sight.

(3) Other than that, this my personal proposal but, as I have a previous engagement for some diplomatic activity, I propose taking a day’s recess tomorrow.

4. I said in reply that if Vice Minister Han needed to be at the hospital tomorrow morning and had a previous engagement in the afternoon, then there was nothing to do but as you said. Vice Minister Han then said that, as he was carrying out negotiations here with the Japanese side, doing absolutely no work on other countries was inconvenient for relations other countries. Also, he was having colleagues do all his work when he was in the hospital, but they were all busy, so he could not leave everything to them. He would have to do some of it himself. Therefore, I said that I agreed with Vice Minister Han’s proposal.

5. Concerning the next meeting, both sides agreed to hold it from 3 o’clock in the afternoon of the 27th.

6. Also, I said that, although once again we had not obtained the Chinese side’s agreement for an unofficial exchange of opinions on the other clauses, personnel relevant to the treaty were in the Japanese delegation, so it would be fine if they could have an exchange of opinions with the relevant persons from the Chinese side. Vice Minister Han then said the following:

(1) As I said earlier, we can consider the Ambassador’s proposal to hold an informal meeting and we understand it. The Japanese side hopes to settle the other issues, but if we do not settle the anti-hegemony issue, which is the main one, it will not be a plus for the settlement of the other issues. Accordingly, as I have already said, we should conduct unofficial exchanges of opinion as well in regard to the anti-hegemony issue, which is the main one.

(2) We are consistent in our attitude of welcoming fellow officials of the foreign ministries of China and Japan to constantly stay in contact and hold exchanges of opinion. Our contacts to date in this area have been few, but I would like both sides to make efforts and carry out improvements in this area. I know that Consul Donawaki and other members of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing have conducted exchanges of opinion with our Asian Affairs Department, Treaty and Law Department, and Consular Affairs Department. This is a fine thing.  I think that at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo as well, exchanges have taken place with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but they are still insufficient.  Henceforth, it would be good for both sides, using various routes, to have contacts with one another, increasing understanding and good will on both sides.

7. Lastly, I said in regard to the next day that I, as the head of the delegation, and Vice Minister Han would take a break but that, if need be, in order for the two sides to maintain contact, as Vice Minister Han had said, the Japanese side may tomorrow contact [Asian Affairs] Department Deputy Director Wang Xiaoyun or Japanese Affairs Division Acting Director Ding Min. Vice Minister Han then said that he had proposed that everyone take a break tomorrow, but that the Chinese side was ready to listen if the Japanese side later had a new idea. The meeting ended at that point.

(Judging that the other side had a strong desire for a total recess tomorrow, our side afterwards contacted them to say that it was fine with us not to have any meeting tomorrow.)




総番号 (TA) R053421  5320  主管

78年  月25日19時05分  中国発

78年07月25日20時24分  本省着  アジア局長

外務大臣殿  佐藤大使


第1407号 極秘 大至急



















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