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Hu calls on joint efforts to settle China-Japan disputes

2009-04-30 11:03:16 GMT2009-04-30 19:03:16 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso in Beijing, capital of China, April 30, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday called for joint efforts from Japan to properly settle existing problems and disputes between the two countries, especially historical issues.

Hu told visiting Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso it is a set policy of the Chinese government to push forward China-Japan bilateral strategic mutual-beneficial ties in an all-round way.

China is ready to make joint efforts with Japan to abide by the principles and spirits of the four Sino-Japanese political documents, and increasingly cement the political foundation and ensure healthy and stable development of bilateral relations, Hu said.

As expounded in the official statements by Japanese prime ministers in 1995 and 2005, the Japanese government will face up to history and keep oriented to the future, Aso said.

"That stance has not changed and would never change," he said.

On the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II on Aug. 15, 1995, the then Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama issued a statement expressing "deep remorse" and his "heartfelt apology" for Japan's colonial rule and aggression before and during the war.

Murayama is the first Japanese prime minister to publicly admit Japan's aggression and to apologize to the war victims.

On the 60th anniversary of Japan's surrender on Aug. 15 of 2005,the then Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized to the victims of Japan's past aggression and expressed willingness to join hands with Asian neighbors like China and the Republic of Korea to help maintain peace in the region.

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