President Hu Jintao Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
On the morning of December 26, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Great Hall of the People.
Hu said China-Japan relations witnessed a positive momentum of development in the past year and have seen a good start since the new Japanese cabinet took office in September. Firmly pursuing the route of peace, friendship and cooperation, and continuously reinforcing and advancing the reciprocal relationship of strategic significance are conducive to the mutual benefit and common development of both sides, as well as to the peace, stability, development and prosperity of Asia and the world, Hu said. He said China is ready to work with Japan to hold high the banner of China-Japan friendship by earnestly planning and preparing for the activities marking the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral relations next year. Hu said China and Japan, in the spirit of using history as a mirror and facing the future, should improve political mutual trust and expand exchanges and cooperation according to the principles of the four political documents and important consensus reached between the two countries so as to open up a new prospect for China-Japan strategic reciprocal relations.
Noda said China's development is an opportunity for both Japan and the entire world. He said the relationship between the two countries has witnessed fast development since Japan and China normalized bilateral ties. Trade volume and personnel exchanges between the two countries have grown sharply. The two governments have strived to push forward bilateral ties according to the principles of the four political documents. During President Hu Jintao's visit to Japan in 2008, both sides reached important consensus on furthering bilateral strategic reciprocal relations. Noda expressed the wish that both sides seize the opportunity of the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties to increase political trust and high-level exchanges, beef up people-to-people exchanges, enhance economic relations of mutual benefit and promote cooperation on economy, trade, environment, finance and tourism. He also urged both sides to promote peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and continuously deepen Japan-China strategic reciprocal relations.
On the situation of the Korean Peninsula, Hu noted that maintaining the stability and development of the DPRK and peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula is in the common interests of all parties concerned and a universal aspiration of the international community. China is ready to make joint efforts with all relevant parties, including Japan, to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and to achieve lasting peace, security and order on the peninsula and in northeast Asia, Hu said.
Noda said that in the face of the new situation on the Korean Peninsula, Japan and China should strengthen cooperation to preserve peace and stability on the peninsula, which is in the common interests of both countries. Japan is ready to maintain communication with China in this regard.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other officials attended the meeting.