Press Conference by Prime Minister Kishida on Attending the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and Other Matters

November 15, 2023

[Provisional translation]


(On the significance of Prime Minister Kishida participating in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting and his goals for the meeting; how Prime Minister Kishida intends to drive discussions; and the state of progress in coordinating a Japan-China summit meeting)
From now, I will head to San Francisco in order to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and other diplomatic engagements. I aim to make it an occasion for discussing various global-level issues facing the world, taking up urgent issues such as free and open trade, promoting the digital economy, and climate change. I will also use it as an opportunity to communicate Japan’s positions on these matters.
In addition, I will use this occasion to exchange views and interact with the leaders of various other countries. For example, with President Yoon of the Republic of Korea (ROK), I intend to confirm our future-oriented Japan-ROK relationship by participating with him in a forum at Stanford University on the topic of cutting-edge technology.
With regard to Japan-China relations, as of this moment, nothing has been finalized regarding a Japan-China summit meeting, but regardless of that, there is no change to the basic principle of continuing with Japan-China relations through mutual efforts to maintain a constructive and stable relationship. I intend to engage in communication through a variety of means.


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