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Chinese mainland's Taiwan affairs official meets Japan's LDP leader


09:09, November 17, 2011

TOKYO, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Wang Yi, the top Chinese mainland official for Taiwan affairs, met here Wednesday with Sadakazu Tanigaki, leader of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), to discuss relations between China and Japan and issues concerning China's Taiwan region.

Wang said relations across the Taiwan Strait have achieved comprehensive development and improvement over recent years, and the situation of the Taiwan Strait has remained peaceful and stable.

That, he said, not only brings benefits to people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait but also accords with the interests of countries in the region including Japan.

Cross-Strait relations have entered a critical period, Wang said, expressing the wish that the LDP, a major force in Japanese politics, could continue to support the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

Tanigaki said the LDP is glad to see continuous progress made in cross-Strait relations and hopes that the Taiwan Strait situation could remain stable.

To that end, the LDP will continue to stick to the principles set forth in the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement and is ready to play a positive role in the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, he added.

During his visit to Japan, Wang also met separately with four former Japanese prime ministers including Yukio Hatoyama, Shinzo Abe, Yasuo Fukuda and Yoshiro Mori.

Wang, director of both the Taiwan Work Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, is visiting Japan on Nov. 14-16.

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