Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes
hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone in Beijing, capital
of China, March. 1, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
BEIJING, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao met here Sunday with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi
This was Nakasone's first official visit to China
since he took office as foreign minister last September.
Wen expressed appreciation for the efforts made by
Hirofumi Nakasone to the development of China-Japan friendship.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) meets
with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone in Beijing, capital of
China, March. 1, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
Though over 90 years old, Yasuhiro Nakasone, former
Japanese Prime Minister and Hirofumi Nakasone's father, still bears in mind
advancing China-Japan relations of friendly cooperation, Wen said.
Wen extended wishes for Yasuhiro Nakasone's good
health, and also asked Hirofumi Nakasone to convey his sincere greetings to the
former Prime Minister. Hirofumi Nakasone conveyed the former Prime Minister's
greetings to Wen and expectations for China-Japan friendship when they met last
year in Fukuoka, Japan.
Hirofumi Nakasone thanked Wen for meeting him just
prior to the convening of the annual sessions of the National People's
Congress(NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
During their brief meeting in Zhongnanhai leadership
compound in downtown Beijing, Wen and Nakasone exchanged views on bilateral
relations and international and regional issues of common concern, according to
a statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Later, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo also met
Nakasone will conclude his China visit as Japanese
Foreign Minister Sunday afternoon.