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Chinese, Japanese legislators promote bilateral relations

(Xinhua)

09:46, January 17, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Lawmakers from China's National People's Congress (NPC) and Japan's House of Representatives agreed on Monday to advance the healthy and stable development of bilateral strategic and mutually beneficial relations.

The pledge came out of the seventh meeting of a cooperation committee between the NPC, China's top legislative body, and the House of Representatives of the Japanese Diet.

Li Jianguo, vice chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, and Kodaira Tadamasa, the head of the Japanese delegation, co-chaired the meeting, according to a news release by the NPC.

The two sides conducted extensive and in-depth exchanges on bilateral relations, legislative exchanges, economic and trade cooperation, energy conservation and environmental protection, post-disaster reconstruction, cultural exchanges as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

The two sides agreed that stable, sound and long-term development of bilateral ties was in the fundamental interests of both countries and conducive to peace and prosperity of the region as well as of the world at large.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between the two nations.

The two sides are ready to seize the opportunity to implement consensuses reached by both leaders to increase political mutual trust, improve people's feeling for each other, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, properly handle sensitive issues, so to push bilateral relations to a new high, according to the news release.

The two sides fully recognized the positive role played by legislative exchanges in promoting the improvement and development of China-Japan relations.

They agreed to continually consolidate and deepen regular legislative exchanges, so to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between lawmakers of the two countries.

The two sides decided to hold the eighth meeting of the parliamentary exchange mechanism in Japan next year.


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