Vice President says new opportunities for China-Japan ties to develop

21:52, May 04, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday that there were new opportunities for China-Japan relations to develop further, calling for more exchanges and cooperation.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R, front) meets with Komura Masahiko (L, front), head of the delegation from the Japanese Diet's Japan-China Friendship League, in Beijing, capital of China, May 4, 2010. Xi met with the delegation on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

Xi made the remarks while meeting with a group of Japanese lawmakers from the Japanese Diet's Japan-China Friendship League.

"China-Japan relations are currently developing well and there are great opportunities for further development," said Xi, urging the two countries to increase political trust, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, widely conduct cultural exchanges, and enhance cooperation and coordination in regional and international affairs.

Xi made a visit to Japan last December, the first by a Chinese state leader since the new Japanese government took office in September.

Xi spoke highly of the role the Japan-China Friendship League had played in promoting bilateral ties, and said he hoped the group could help enrich and advance the strategic and reciprocal relationship between the two countries.

Xi welcomed more Japanese to visit the Shanghai World Expo that opened Saturday, saying the Expo was a stage for economic and cultural exchanges -- helping people from different countries to better understand each other.

Masahiko Komura, president of the Japanese Diet's Japan-China Friendship League, congratulated China on a successful opening of the Expo and hailed the smooth development of bilateral relations between the nations.

"Under the leadership of the two countries' leaders, the Japan-China strategic and reciprocal relationship has moved forward," said Komura.

Komura said the two countries should step up cooperation in areas like energy efficiency and environmental protection, and continue to expand cultural exchanges among teenagers and make a positive contribution to regional and world development.

Source: Xinhua


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