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China, Japan keen to improve relationship

By  Li Xiaokun and Zhang Yunbi  (China Daily)

08:37, December 27, 2011

BEIJING - The Chinese and Japanese governments will work together to improve bilateral relations as Beijing and Tokyo get ready to mark the 40th anniversary of the normalization of ties between the two countries next year, their leaders agreed on Monday.

President Hu Jintao and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda expressed the intention during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

According to a news release issued by the Foreign Ministry after the talks, Hu told Noda that China-Japan relations witnessed "a positive momentum of development over the past year ... and seen a good start since the new Japanese cabinet took office in September".

Tensions flared up after a collision between a Chinese trawler and Japanese coast guard vessels near the Diaoyu Islands in September 2010.

This is Noda's first official visit to China since he took office in September.

He is also the first prime minister from the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to visit China since the DPJ became the ruling party in September 2009.

Neither of his two DPJ predecessors had arranged an official visit to China during their short tenures.

Noda said he hoped that both sides could seize the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties to promote high-level exchanges and beef up economic, trade, environmental, finance and tourism cooperation.

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Sam Teng at 2011-12-27175.136.55.*
It is commendable that both the Chinese and Japanese governments are making serious efforts to forge better and closer ties between the two countries. Both China and Japan can show the world that Asians can work out their differences peacefully and do not need outside interference. This augurs well for Asia in general and more specifically the Pacific region. It is sincerely hoped that other Asian countries will emulate the lessons from this development, rather than creating more tension by signing more security pacts with countries out the region especially the US which is famously known for using military force and terror.

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