Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bilateral Relations: Japan, China to enhance ties

Xinhua - Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama (photo) agreed to advance their bilateral ties during a meeting Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

"I wish and believe that during the tenure of Prime Minister Hatoyama, China-Japan relations will show a new state of more active growth and usher in a greater prospect," Hu said during the meeting.

Hatoyama, who agreed with Hu's proposal to advance bilateral ties, said Japan would concentrate on promoting the relationship, which is based on common strategic interests.

Monday's meeting was the first between the two leaders since Hatoyama was elected prime minister on Sept. 16.

Hu congratulated Hatoyama on his election victory, speaking highly of the active role the Japanese leader has played in improving and expanding China-Japan relations.

China and Japan, Hu said, are friendly neighbors separated only by a narrow strip of water. He pointed out that both nations are important countries in Asia and the world.

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