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China, Japan vow to deepen ties

(People's Daily Online)

13:44, November 25, 2011

Beijing, Nov.25 (People's Daily Online) -- China and Japan on Thursday both vowed to deepen the strategic relationship between the two nations to achieve mutual benefit.

At a daily press briefing in Beijing yesterday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin announced the consensus China and Japan reached on various issues in a recent meeting between Chinese leaders and visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba.

"Premier Wen Jiabao and State Councilor Dai Bingguo each met separately with Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on Wednesday, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Minister Koichiro Gemba were engaged in a talk," Liu said.

"The two parties both expressed that they will further strengthen the China-Japan strategic relationship to achieve mutual benefit."

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic relations.

Liu said that both sides vowed to use it as an opportunity to boost comprehensive cooperation and elevate bilateral relations to a new level.

Gemba paid an official visit to China on Wednesday at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

His China visit is to pave the way for an expected visit by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to China later this year, according to Japan's Kyodo News Agency. (Li Zhenyu)

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Fat-Chun Leung Ki at 2011-11-25188.61.105.*
The West has always sought to counter-balanced China by making use of Japan since the time of Meiji, what is politically known as Metternich"s theory. China is too big and the west would never want a powerful China. By 1930"s Japan itself became too big. It challenged the US at Pearl-Harbor and was defeated. Japan is coming back and Metternich"s theory is still relevant.
  

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