Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday, starting a five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relations between China and Japan.
Chinese President Hu Jintao(L) arrives in Tokyo, Japan, May 6, 2008. Hu begins his five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relationships between China and Japan as of Tuesday.
Hu's state visit to Japan is the first by a Chinese president in 10 years.
During his visit, the Chinese president is expected to meet with Japan's Emperor Akihito and hold talks with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Sino-Japanese relations and other issues of common concern.
Hu will also have broad contacts with leaders of Japan's parliament and political parties and people from all circles, Chinese diplomats said.
In an interview with Japanese journalists on Sunday, the Chinese president described his trip to Japan as one in a "warm spring" and he wished for a "warm spring for the friendship between the two peoples."
Hu said his visit to Japan was aimed at enhancing mutual trust, friendship and cooperation, making programs for the future, and comprehensively pushing forward bilateral strategic and reciprocal relations.