TOKYO, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Li Changchun, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), arrived in Tokyo to kick off his official goodwill visit Sunday afternoon.
Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, conveyed sincere greeting from the Chinese people to the Japanese people in a written statement delivered at the airport.
"China and Japan are important countries in Asia and the world at large. Chinese President Hu Jintao paid a successful visit to Japan last year, during which the leaders of the two countries reached important consensus to fully advance the China-Japan strategic relations of mutual benefits," he said in the statement.
"Sino-Japanese relations now stands in a new historic point andfaces an important opportunity to go further ahead," he said.
During Li's stay, he is expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso and people from all walks of life.
"With concerted efforts made by both, I believe the visit can meet the pre-set goal of increasing political mutual trust, deepening mutually beneficial economic cooperation, expanding friendly communication and pushing forward our strategic relations of mutual benefits," he said.
Japan is the third-leg of Li's four-nation tour which will also take him to the Republic of Korea. He has already visited Australia and Myanmar.