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Hu Jintao Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

On November 12, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Honolulu, Hawaii. The two sides exchanged views on China-Japan relations and other issues of common concern, agreeing to further advance mutually beneficial relations of strategic significance.

Hu said that both China and Japan are close neighbors and important countries in the region and the world, adding that China-Japan relationship is one of the most significant bilateral relationships for both sides. "Since the two countries normalized their relations 39 years ago, with the joint efforts of both sides, bilateral exchange and cooperation in various areas have reached unprecedented levels," Hu said. "The improvement and growth of China-Japan relations have not only benefited the two countries and their peoples, but also made positive contributions to peace, stability and prosperity of Asia and the world," Hu said.

Hu pointed out that China has always held a strategic and long-term view in developing China-Japan relations and adhered to a friendly policy toward Japan. Hu said China is ready to work with the Japanese side to bear in mind the fundamental interest of both peoples and strengthen all-round dialogues, exchanges and cooperation on bilateral, regional and global dimensions and in the areas of politics, economy, culture and people-to-people exchanges based on the principles set forth in the four political documents between both sides and a series of important consensus reached by both sides. He expressed readiness to deepen the China-Japan mutually beneficial relationship of strategic significance in a sustained way and jointly celebrate the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties with Japan next year. He further noted that China appreciated Noda's statement after becoming prime minister on deepening Japan-China mutually beneficial relations of strategic significance and emphasizing this as a fundamental foreign policy of the Japanese government, adding it shows the importance attached to China-Japan relations.

The Chinese president put forward a five-point proposal on further advancing bilateral ties. First, maintain high-level contact to enhance political mutual trust. The leaders of the two countries can take advantage of multi-lateral occasions to keep contacts. The two sides should also deepen dialogues and exchanges between governments, political parties and parliaments, strive to enhance mutual trust and lay the political foundation for promoting the Sino-Japanese strategic reciprocal relations. Second, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation and create cooperation highlights. China and Japan, as major economic and trade cooperative partners, should follow the trend of the world economic growth and strengthen collaboration in the areas of green and low-carbon emissions, recycling and high technology so as to upgrade the bilateral trade cooperation and consolidate the material basis of the ties. "We are glad to see that Japan has made positive progress in the reconstruction work following the March 11 (2011) earthquake," he said, adding China is ready to continue to provide necessary assistance to Japan in this regard and enhance cooperation in relevant areas. Third, expand cultural and people-to-people exchanges and increase friendly sentiments. Both sides should use the occasion of celebrating the 40th anniversary of normalizing ties to take a long-term perspective, increase input and work out relevant plans for exchanges in the areas of youth, young cadres, culture, tourism, media and local governments. Both sides should also hold activities in various forms to improve mutual understanding and friendly feelings between the two peoples and cement the social basis of China-Japan friendship. Fourth, advance regional cooperation and enhance coordination on international issues. China is ready to work with Japan to maintain peace and stability in northeast Asia, promote regional cooperation in Asia and strengthen dialogue, coordination and cooperation on such global issues as the international financial crisis, climate change, environment and energy. Fifth, properly handle disputes to safeguard stability in the region. Hu suggested that the two sides properly address differences and disputes through dialogue and consultation. He said the two sides have accumulated much consensus and understanding on handling sensitive issues between them over a long period of time, and he said he hoped that both sides will continue to maintain and observe this consensus and understanding.

Noda, for his part, said China and Japan are close neighbors separated only by a narrow strip of water and share closer economic ties. China's development is a great opportunity. The ties between Japan and China are very important to both sides, as well as to the world. Moreover, he said the two countries should bear in mind the overall situation and expand their relations in a stable way. He said next year will be the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties, adding that Japan is ready to make joint efforts with China to enhance cooperation and exchanges in all areas and further deepen the mutually beneficial relationship of strategic significance. Noda said national feelings of the two countries are very important and the two sides should strengthen dialogue and exchanges, especially the exchanges between young people, so as to improve mutual understanding between the two peoples and reinforce the foundation of public opinion. Also, he said the two countries should improve cooperation and coordination on regional and international affairs so as to jointly play an active role in promoting stability and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region and the world at large. On the issues between the two countries, Noda said the two sides should take an overall perspective and deal with them properly to prevent them from affecting bilateral ties.

Ling Jihua, Wang Huning and Dai Bingguo attended the meeting.

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