10-17-2006 09:53

China's top legislator Wu Bangguo, top political advisor, Jia Qinglin, and Vice President, Zeng Qinghong have held separate meetings with a Japanese delegation in Beijing. The group is led by the President of the House of Councilors, Chikage Oogi.

Top legislator Wu Bangguo met with Chikage Oogi at the Great Hall of the People on Monday afternoon.

Wu noted that over the past five years the Sino-Japanese relationship has faced great difficulties, which he said was caused by former Japanese leaders' repeated visits to the Yasukuni Shrine.

But Wu added that the recent visit to China by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe turned a new page in Sino-Japanese ties. He said both sides should cherish the hard-won friendly relationship, and strengthen co-operation in various fields.

The President of Japan's House of Councilors, Oogi, said the Upper House will make active efforts to expand exchanges and co-operation, as well as promote bilateral relations in the 21st century.

Afterwards, the two sides signed a Memo of Understanding on establishing a regular exchange mechanism between China's National People's Congress and Japan's House of Councilors.

Earlier, top political advisor, Jia Qinglin, also met Oogi.

Jia Qinglin said the two countries should resolve historical issues, as well as the Taiwan issue, properly. He also said senior leaders from both countries have agreed to remove political obstacles and develop healthy bilateral ties.

Chikage Oogi also held talks with Chinese Vice President, Zeng Qinghong.

Zeng Qinghong said China would continue to develop peacefully together with other countries. He also said China considers Japan a good neighbor, and China is willing to promote a strategic relationship through further exchanges and cooperation.


Editor:Sun Luying