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Chinese state councilor calls for closer people-to-people exchanges with Japan

(Xinhua)

14:11, October 28, 2011

BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- State Councilor Liu Yandong on Thursday voiced a hope for more efforts by the Japan-China Friendship Association to reinforce people-to-people exchanges and bilateral cooperation.

Liu made the remark while meeting with a visiting Japanese delegation headed by Koichi Kato, chairman of the Japan-China Friendship Association and the former secretary-general of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

As next year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations, China and Japan should take the opportunity to enhance cooperation in all areas and bolster bilateral ties, Liu said.

In 1972, China and Japan issued the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement and normalized diplomatic relations.

She also spoke highly of the association's role in restoring, improving and developing bilateral ties after World War II.

Kato said the association will hold a series of exchange events in 2012 in an effort to boost bilateral relations.

Established in October 1950, the association aims to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between China and Japan and advance bilateral trade and cultural exchanges.

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