Special report: Premier Wen Jiabao's Asian Tour
|Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Tokyo, May 31, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)|
TOKYO, May 31 (Xinhua) -- China and Japan on Monday reached consensus on issues including the East China Sea, food safety and maritime communication to further boost bilateral ties.
Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama held talks in Tokyo and agreed to re-establish a hot line between the premiers of the two countries.
The two leaders also agreed to launch negotiations on implementing principled consensus on the East China Sea issue, speed up the establishment of a maritime communication mechanism between defense departments of the two countries, negotiate and sign an agreement on maritime rescue at an early date, and establish a cooperation mechanism on food safety.
During their talks, Wen said that the world economy, though in a complex and difficult situation, is recovering and that the world is undergoing far-reaching changes. Sound China-Japan relations are not only in the interests of the two countries, but also of vital importance to reinvigorating the Asian economy and building on world harmony and sustainable development.
"China sees Japan as a strategic partner, not a competitor or a rival. The two neighbors should view each other as partners so as to have peaceful coexistence and long-lasting friendship," Wen said.