On October 27, 2018, the People's Daily's Zhong Sheng column said on the basis of  "mutually partnering with each other and not posing a threat", China and Japan will further tap potential and strengthen cooperation, which will bring more benefits to the two countries and their peoples. Noting that this is the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, it said President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is here to visit China, summed up the future direction while summing up the development of bilateral relations on October 26. It said President Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Abe several times and pointed out the key to improving and developing Sino-Japanese relations.  The People's Daily observed that "China-Japan relations have returned to the normal track with the joint efforts of both sides and regained positive momentum". "On the basis of earnestly implementing the political consensus of "mutual cooperation as partners and not posing threats", the two sides will further tap potential and strengthen cooperation, which will bring more benefits to the two countries and their peoples. In May this year, China and Japan reached consensus on innovation and development cooperation, cooperation in the financial sector, and promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in the fields of high technology, response to population aging, and medical and health care". It added that the “Belt and Road” provides a "new platform ... for deepening mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Japan" and that Prime Minister Abe praised the “Belt and Road” as “a potential concept linking East and West and different regions” and looked forward to the “One Belt, One Road” initiative to contribute to world peace and prosperity. It said "Japan hopes to cooperate with China for this purpose". Stating that on October 26, China and Japan held the "Sino-Japan Third-Party Market Cooperation Forum", it said more than 50 cooperation agreements were signed between local governments, financial institutions and enterprises of the two countries, with an amount exceeding US$18 billion. Observing that "At present, the international situation is undergoing profound and complex changes, and unstable and uncertain factors are increasing" it described it as "a wise choice to recognize the general trend, adapt to the trend, and benefit from harm". "The solid and solid actions to improve and develop Sino-Japanese relations are conducive to promoting peace, stability, development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. It is worth looking forward to".

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