National People's Congress Standing Committee Chairman Li Peng met Thursday with former Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka and her husband Naoki Tanaka, a member of the Japanese Diet.
Extending warm welcome to the Tanakas, Li praised Makiko's father, former Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, for his insightful political decision to normalize the diplomatic relations between China and Japan.
The Chinese government and people would never forget the outstanding contribution made by Kakuei Tanaka, Li stressed.
Li said this year marked the 30th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties, hoping both sides would elevate relations in the new century on the basis of adhering to the Sino- Japanese Joint Statement.
Li also extended his appreciation for the efforts of Makiko Tanaka in improving Sino-Japanese ties, hoping Tanaka could continue to make new contributions in this regard.
Tanaka said she hoped take the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties to strengthen exchanges, cooperation and mutual understanding between Japan and China, so as to realize common development and prosperity.
The Tanaka couple are here at the invitation of the China-Japan Friendship Association.
Former Japanese FM Expounds Japanese-Chinese Relations
Japan's new Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka stressed Monday that the Japanese government will seriously take the Chinese side's stance on the issue of the history textbook, and will continue to adhere to the One-China principle, not supporting Taiwan's "independence".
She said that the Japanese-Chinese relaion is among the important bilateral relations of Japan, and the Japan-China Joint Statement, which was signed by her father, Kakuei Tanaka, and Chinese leaders, has moralized diplomatic ties and laid a foundation for the relations between the two countries.In detail