Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged in Beijing on Monday to step
up the sound and stable development of Sino-Japanese relations.
Chinese President Hu Jintao
(R) meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura in
Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 3, 2007.
Sino-Japanese relations have taken on a positive outlook, and
both sides should seize the hard-earned opportunities and do more
to push the development of bilateral relations, Hu said in a
meeting with the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko
Peace between China and Japan leads to mutual benefits, and
rivalry is damaging to both, Hu said.
Maintaining stable, friendly and mutually beneficial
Sino-Japanese relations is in the interests of the two nations and
the two peoples, and is also conducive to the peace, stability and
development of Asia and the world at large, he added.
He also told the Japanese foreign minister that closer
consultation and cooperation in regional and international affairs
between the two countries is favorable for both sides to tackle
global challenges like climate change, energy safety and
environment protection, as well as regional safety issues.
Komura said that the Japanese side also hopes to advance
bilateral relations through more high-level exchanges and
strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation.
Komura, who was here for the first China-Japan high-level
economic dialogue, said his visit has been very fruitful.
He said the Japanese side would work hard to make preparations
for the upcoming China visit by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo
Fukuda. He also conveyed hopes for President Hu Jintao to visit
Japan at an early opportunity.
On the Taiwan issue, Komura stressed that Japan will stick to
the principles stipulated in the 1972 joint statement, and will not
change in the future.
The China-Japan high-level economic dialogue mechanism was
jointly launched by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and the then Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe of Japan during Wen's trip to Japan in April.
(Xinhua News Agency December 4, 2007)