TOKYO, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday met Japanese Emperor Akihito, parliament leaders, political party chiefs and representatives of China-Japan friendship groups to enhance ties with the country.
"A main purpose of my visit is to meet Japanese government and political party personnel to further promote understanding and cooperation," said Xi.
Current China-Japan relations are on a healthy track, and the Chinese government and leaders attach great significance to this relationship, Xi said during the meetings.
Xi praised the role Japanese political parties had played in boosting China-Japan relations, saying inter-party communication mechanisms should be continued and further promoted.
Sadakazu Tanigaki, president of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said Chinese President Hu Jintao reached important consensus with then Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukudato develop strategic and mutually beneficial relations during a visit to Japan last year. Although the LDP is no longer in power, it would continue to work to promote Japan-China ties, he said.
Kazuo Shii, leader of the Japanese Communist Party, said his party would continue to conduct exchanges with the Communist Party of China and keep promoting relations between the two countries.
Xi also held talks with Shizuka Kamei, leader of the People's New Party, and Natsuo Yamaguchi, president of the New Komeito party.
On the same day, Xi met Japanese Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace.
"I hope my visit will contribute to the development of friendly cooperation between the two countries and boost the friendship between the two peoples," Xi told the emperor.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and China has made remarkable progress in the last 60 years, especially in the last 30 years since China adopted a policy of reform and opening up to the outside world.
Xi also exchanged views with Takahiro Yokomichi, speaker of Japan's House of Representatives, and Satsuki Eda, president of the House of Councillors.
Xi said communication between legislatures is an important part of bilateral relations. China's National People's Congress (NPC) and the Japanese Diet have already established a regular exchange mechanism, which has played a positive role in boosting political mutual trust and bilateral ties.
"The friendliness and amicability between the peoples of the two countries are vital to a healthy bilateral ties," Xi said. "The Diet members have important influence on the public. We hope you can help to create a good public opinion environment for the development of bilateral relations."
The Shanghai Expo, which is to open next May, will be a good channel for friendly communication between China and the rest of the world, Xi said.
China is ready to work with Japan to make full use of the Shanghai Expo as an opportunity to push bilateral cultural exchanges and promote understanding and friendship between the two countries.
Yokomichi said that after the new Japanese administration was formed in September, leaders of the two countries have met many times to reach important consensus on advancing the strategic relationship between the two countries.
Eda said the House of Councillors values its relationship with China and has initiated an annual exchange mechanism with the NPC. Strengthening inter-parliamentary relations is quite meaningful, he said.
Xi also met with representatives of China-Japan friendship organizations and Chinese societies based in Japan, praising them for their efforts to boost ties between the two countries.
The organizations have made tremendous contributions to the rebuilding, improvement and development of bilateral relations, Xi said at a reception.
Xi arrived in Tokyo for a visit on Monday. He held talks with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama after arrival and discussed with him ways to further develop the strategic and mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries.
During his stay in Japan, Xi will also meet Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and visit Fukuoka Prefecture in southern Japan on Wednesday.
Japan is the first stop of Xi's four-nation Asian tour, which will also take him to the Republic of Korea, Myanmar and Cambodia.