Chinese president on ‘warm spring’ visit to Japan

May 6th, 2008 - 5:00 pm ICT by admin  

Tokyo, May 6 (Xinhua) Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived here Tuesday on a five-day “warm spring” visit to Japan aimed at boosting strategic and bilateral relations between the two countries. Hu’s state visit to Japan is the first by a Chinese president in 10 years.

The Chinese president is expected to meet Emperor Akihito and hold talks with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Sino-Japanese relations and other issues of common concern.

Hu will also have broad contacts with leaders of Japan’s parliament and political parties and people from all circles, Chinese diplomats said.

In an interview with Japanese journalists Sunday, the president described his trip to Japan as one in a “warm spring” and he wished for a “warm spring for the friendship between the two peoples”.

Hu said his visit to Japan is aimed at enhancing mutual trust, friendship and cooperation, making programmes for the future, and comprehensively pushing forward bilateral strategic relations.

Hu’s visit is seen as a step to further improve the once-chilly Sino-Japanese relationship, which started to warm with the “ice-breaking” visit by former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to China in October 2006.

The Japan trip by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao last April followed Shinzo’s visit and then Fukuda’s “spring-herald” visit to China last December.

China was Japan’s top trading partner last year while Japan was China’s third largest with two-way trade touching $236 billion.

Japan’s investment in China has reached $60.7 billion.

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