Chinese president meets new Japanese PM on ties

08:26, June 28, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao (3rd R) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto(2nd L) in Toronto,Canada,June 27,2010.(Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday met new Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and put forward five proposals on further advancing bilateral ties.

It was the first meeting between Hu and Kan since Kan became Japanese prime minister early this month.

The Chinese president said the two countries should increase high-level communication so as to enhance strategic trust and confidence. He said leaders of the two countries should maintain close contact and help promote extensive dialogue and exchanges between the governments, political parties, parliaments and defense authorities of both countries.

Hu said the two countries should expand trade and deepen economic cooperation so as to realize mutual benefits and win-win for both sides.

He said the two countries should fully utilize the mechanism of the high-level economic dialogue to advance the growth of bilateral trade and economic cooperation in a stable way. He said the two sides should step up cooperation in the areas of energy, environment, recycling economy, and high technology, so as to advance the transformation and upgrading of bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

The Chinese leader said the two countries should strengthen coordination and cooperation on regional and international affairs, and expand common interests.

Hu said the two sides should join hands in maintaining peace and stability in the Northeast Asia region and pushing forward regional cooperation and development of the East Asia region. They should also carry out dialogues, coordination and cooperation on the global challenges of international financial crisis and climate change.

Hu said the two countries should expand cultural and people-to-people exchanges, so as to strengthen the popular support for the China-Japan relations.

He said the two sides should persist in carrying out exchanges among their young people, media, cultures, cities and non-government groups in a bid to continuingly enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, especially the young people of both countries.

Hu said the two countries should properly handle the sensitive issues between them. He said as neighbors of close contact, it is inevitable for China and Japan to see problems and disputes in bilateral relations.

He urged both sides to proceed from the overall situation to handle these issues in a cautious, proper way and prevent them from affecting the stable growth of the bilateral relations.

Kan said he is delighted to meet President Hu as the prime minister of Japan. He said the Japanese government attached great importance to the development of the Japan-China relations, adding that this is not only very important for both countries, but also of great significance to peace and development of Asia.

Hu expressed appreciation to the Democratic Party of Japan and the new Japanese government for their efforts to give importance to the China-Japan relations.

He said China also places importance on the bilateral ties.


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