On Aug. 3, 2013, Vice President Li Yuanchao met with former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan in Beijing.
Li Yuanchao said, China and Japan are important close neighbours for each other. At present, China-Japan relationship is facing serious difficulties. The two sides should be forward-looking while taking history as a mirror, properly deal with problems in bilateral relations while looking squarely at history and reality. Hope the Japanese side will "not forget the past and take it as a guide for the future", continue to take a path of peaceful development, work with China towards the same direction and make efforts for the improvement and development of bilateral relations.
Hatoyama said that Japan-China relationship is very important. The two sides should strive to resolve problems through dialogue and strengthen cooperation in the fields of environmental protection and energy.