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Chinese state councilor meets Japanese PM's special envoy

(Xinhua)

10:43, February 17, 2012

BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- State Councilor Liu Yandong met with a Japanese delegation headed by Naoshima Masayuki, the special envoy of Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko, on Thursday to discuss people-to-people relations.

The delegation is in Beijing to attend an opening ceremony for a year of exchanges and friendship between Chinese and Japanese nationals, as this year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan diplomatic ties.

Liu said it is in the best interest of Asia and the world at large for both countries to boost bilateral ties. She said she hopes both countries can use the anniversary as an opportunity to enhance understanding between the people of both nations, as well as work to make the year of exchanges and friendship a successful one.

Liu called on both sides to promote cooperation in accordance with previous bilateral agreements and consensus reached between the leaders of both nations.

The Japanese side expressed willingness to make concerted efforts with China to deepen bilateral ties.

The visiting delegation also consists of representatives of the Japan Business Federation, the Japan-China Friendship Association and the Association for the Promotion of International Trade.

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