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Put China-Japan ties 'in wider global context'

By Cui Haipei (China Daily)

10:16, March 20, 2012

Wang Chen, minister of the State Council Information Office, meets Yasushi Akashi, former UN undersecretary-general, in Beijing on Monday, after Akashi and other Japanese guests participated in a preliminary meeting for the 8th Beijing-Tokyo Forum. The forum is scheduled to be held in Tokyo from July 1 to 3. (Xu Jingxing / China Daily)

China and Japan should put their relationship into a global context because it is more significant than the two countries' separate interests, experts and officials said on Monday in Beijing.

"A profound structural change is taking place in the world. Against this background, we should discuss Sino-Japanese ties with a global vision," said Yuji Miyamoto, Japan's former ambassador to China, at a preliminary meeting for the 8th Beijing-Tokyo Forum.

China surpassed Japan in terms of nominal GDP in 2010. Also, among all countries China and Japan hold the world's largest foreign exchange reserves.

As a result, a healthy and stable development of their relations is of global significance, he said.

Zhao Qizheng, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said the two countries should discuss the basic problems of Sino-Japanese relations from a broader perspective and try to reach a consensus.

"Both sides should respect eath other's political and economic institutions, facts of history and mutual interest," Zhao said. "They should handle their relations based on respect and should not pursue their own interests by injuring one another's."

Zhao added that the two countries should put aside those barriers in the bilateral ties, to facilitate the smooth development.

Still, the participants of the meeting admitted the fragility of Sino-Japanese relations. For example, Takashi Kawamura, mayor of the Japanese city, Nagoya, dismissed the Nanjing Massacre as something that "probably never happened" last month.

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