Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone in Beijing, capital of China, March. 1, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met here Sunday with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone.
This was Nakasone's first official visit to China since he took office as foreign minister last September.
Wen expressed appreciation for the efforts made by Hirofumi Nakasone to the development of China-Japan friendship.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone in Beijing, capital of China, March. 1, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
Though over 90 years old, Yasuhiro Nakasone, former Japanese Prime Minister and Hirofumi Nakasone's father, still bears in mind advancing China-Japan relations of friendly cooperation, Wen said.
Wen extended wishes for Yasuhiro Nakasone's good health, and also asked Hirofumi Nakasone to convey his sincere greetings to the former Prime Minister. Hirofumi Nakasone conveyed the former Prime Minister's greetings to Wen and expectations for China-Japan friendship when they met last year in Fukuoka, Japan.
Hirofumi Nakasone thanked Wen for meeting him just prior to the convening of the annual sessions of the National People's Congress(NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
During their brief meeting in Zhongnanhai leadership compound in downtown Beijing, Wen and Nakasone exchanged views on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern, according to a statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Later, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo also met with Nakasone.
Nakasone will conclude his China visit as Japanese Foreign Minister Sunday afternoon.