Hu: China-Japan relations facing new opportunities for further development
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Special Report: President Hu Visits Japan 
   
Chinese President Hu JintaoC arrives in Tokyo to begin his five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relationships between China and Japan, May 6, 2008.

Chinese President Hu Jintao(C) arrives in Tokyo to begin his five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relationships between China and Japan, May 6, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)
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    TOKYO, May 6 (Xinhua) -- The Sino-Japanese relations are facing new opportunities for further development, Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Tuesday.

    In a written statement issued at the airport upon his arrival in Tokyo, Hu said both China and Japan are important countries in Asia and in the world, and "the development of a long-term stable and good neighborly friendship between China and Japan is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples."

    The Chinese president arrived in Tokyo Tuesday, kicking off a five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relations between the two Asian nations.

    In the statement, Hu said this year marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, and the China-Japan relations are facing new opportunities for further development.

    The president expressed the hope that his visit will help enhance mutual trust, strengthen friendship, deepen cooperation and make programs for the future, and added that China will work together with Japan to open up new prospects for comprehensively pushing forward the China-Japan strategic and mutually beneficial relations.

    Hu said he will meet with Japan's Emperor Akihito, have an in-depth exchange of views with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on bilateral relations and other issues of common concern, and have extensive contact with Japanese people from different walks of life.

    He expressed the belief that through joint efforts of both sides, his visit would achieve expected results.

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Tokyo to begin his five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relationships between China and Japan, May 6, 2008.

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Tokyo to begin his five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relationships between China and Japan, May 6, 2008.  (Xinhua Photo)
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    Hu was greeted by Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cui Tiankai at the airport.

    Hu's visit to Japan, the first by a Chinese president in a decade, is seen as a step aimed at further improving the once-chilly Sino-Japanese relationship, which began to thaw with the "ice-breaking" visit by former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to China in October 2006.

    That event was followed by the "ice-thawing" Japan trip by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in April last year and Fukuda's "spring-herald" visit to China last December.

    In an interview with Japanese journalists on Sunday, the Chinese president said his state visit to Japan will have the atmosphere of a "warm spring" and he wished for a "warm spring for the friendship between the two peoples."

    The Sino-Japanese relations are improving further. The leaders of the two countries have maintained frequent contacts, and cooperation in politics, trade, culture and defense has been fruitful.

    The two countries have also held close consultations on such global issues as climate change and sustainable development.

    The economies of the two countries are deeply intertwined. China was Japan's top trading partner last year while Japan was China's third largest with two-way trade amounting to 236 billion U.S. dollars. Japan's accumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) in China has reached 60.7 billion dollars, making Japan China's second largest source of foreign investment.

    "The improvement and development of the Sino-Japanese relationship is in the fundamental interests of both peoples and also conducive to peace, stability and development in Asia. We are ready to make joint efforts with Japan to further the relationship," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu at a press conference on April 29.

China to offer a pair of giant pandas to Japan for joint research

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) arrives for an informal banquet held in honor of him by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in Tokyo, Japan, May 6, 2008. China is to offer a pair of giant pandas to Japan for joint research.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) arrives for an informal banquet held in honor of him by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in Tokyo, Japan, May 6, 2008. China is to offer a pair of giant pandas to Japan for joint research.  (Xinhua Photo)
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    TOKYO, May 6 (Xinhua) -- China is to offer a pair of giant pandas to Japan for joint research. Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao made the announcement here Tuesday at a dinner hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. Full story

Chinese president meets kin of late Japanese friends

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with relatives of Hiroshi Ohira, the oldest son of the late former Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira, in Tokyo, capital of Japan, May 6, 2008.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with relatives of Hiroshi Ohira, the oldest son of the late former Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira, in Tokyo, Japan, May 6, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
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    TOKYO, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met with the kin of China's old Japanese friends on Tuesday, the first day of his current "warm-spring" trip to Japan. Full story

Chinese president begins "warm spring" trip to Japan

    TOKYO, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived here Tuesday, kicking off a five-day "warm spring" trip to Japan aimed at boosting the strategic and mutually beneficial relations between China and Japan.

    Hu's state visit to Japan is the first by a Chinese president in 10 years. Full story

President Hu meets Japanese journalists 

    BEIJING, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Sunday that his upcoming state visit to Japan will have the atmosphere of a "warm spring".

    Hu, who is scheduled to pay the visit from May 6 to 10, made the remarks during an interview with journalists from 16 Japanese media institutions stationed in Beijing. Full Story

Hu's visit to futher promote China-Japan ties

    TOKYO, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao is scheduled to pay a state visit to Japan on May 6-10. The visit, the first by a Chinese president to Japan in a decade, is widely seen as a move that will further promote China-Japan relations.

    Hu's visit falls on the 30th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, one of the three key political documents serving as the bedrock for developing friendly and cooperative ties between the two nations.Full Story

President Hu sends message to Japanese readers

    BEIJING May 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a message to Japanese readers via a Japanese-language magazine "People's China" prior to his visit to Japan. Full story  

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