President Hu Visits
Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) meets
with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2008.
Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo
Fukuda met in Tokyo Wednesday for talks on furthering strategic and
mutually beneficial relations. (Xinhua Photo)
TOKYO, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese President
Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda held talks in Tokyo Wednesday
on furthering the strategic and mutually beneficial relations between the two
Chinese Foreign Ministry officials said the two
leaders discussed bilateral relations and other issues of common concern.
The two leaders are expected to attend a signing
ceremony for mutual cooperation documents and meet the press following their
Earlier in the day, the Chinese president met
Japanese Emperor Akihito, who hosted a welcome ceremony for the visiting Chinese
Hu arrived in Tokyo Tuesday for a five-day state
visit aimed at boosting bilateral relations. This marks the first visit by a
Chinese head of state to Japan in 10 years.
In a written statement issued at the airport upon his
arrival in Tokyo, the president said the development of a long-term stable and
good neighborly relationship between China and Japan is in the fundamental
interests of both countries and both peoples.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (2nd L) and
his wife Liu Yongqing (1st L) pose for photos with Japanese Prime Minister
Yasuo Fukuda (2nd R) and his wife Kiyoko (1st R) before a meeting in
Tokyo, Japan, May 7, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
Hu expressed the hope that his visit will help
enhance mutual trust, strengthen friendship, deepen cooperation and inspire
plans for the future. He added that China will work together with Japan to open
up new prospects for comprehensively pushing forward their strategic and
mutually beneficial relations.
Hu's visit to Japan is seen as a step to further
improve the once-chilly relationship between the neighbors, which began to warm
with former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "ice-breaking" visit to China
in October 2006. That event was followed by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's
"ice-thawing" trip to Japan last April and Fukuda's "spring-herald" visit to
China last December.
In an interview with Japanese journalists in Beijing
on Sunday, Hu described his visit to Japan as a "trip of warm spring" and wished
for a "warm spring for the friendship between the two peoples."