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Japanese Prime Minister Meets with Li Zhaoxing

2009/10/21

On the afternoon of October 21, 2009, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama met at his official residence with Li Zhaoxing, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress of China and Honorary President of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, and leading members of the Chinese delegation to the third symposium on China-Japan relations.

Applauding the successful convening of the symposium co-hosted by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs and Institute for International Policy Studies of Japan, Hatoyama said that it is conducive to the sound and stable development of Japan-China relations that far-sighted personages from both nations frankly exchange views and offer suggestions.

The Japanese government and people hope for friendly relations with China, said Hatoyama. He added that Japan is committed to building strategic and mutually beneficial relations with China, and is ready to maintain contacts at various levels, deepen practical cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, promote humanities exchange, foster national feelings between the two peoples and enhance Asian cooperation.

Li said that China-Japan relations have maintained a sound momentum for growth with positive interaction between both sides since Prime Minister Hatoyama's cabinet was launched in September. China is willing to work with Japan in a joint effort to push forward the strategic and mutually beneficial relations, said Li.

The two also exchanged views on issues of common concern, including cooperation in East Asia, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, energy saving, environmental protection and climate change.

President of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) Yang Wenchang and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai were present at the meeting.

The third symposium on China-Japan relations was held in Tokyo from October 20 to 21. Participating experts and scholars from the two countries held in-depth discussions on security cooperation in Northeast Asia and China-Japan economic cooperation against the backdrop of the global financial crisis.

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