Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, Front) and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda inspect the guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 25, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)
BEIJING, Dec. 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and visiting Japanese Prime Minster Yoshihiko Noda held talks Sunday afternoon on China-Japan ties and Korean peninsula situation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
China and Japan should be good neighbors and partners rather than opponents, Wen stressed.
Wen said that peaceful coexistence, long-term friendship from generation to generation, mutually beneficial cooperation and common development between China and Japan are in line with the fundamental interests of both sides and their peoples and also beneficial to the peace, stability and prosperity of Asia and the whole world, since the two countries are close neighbors separated only by a strip of water.
The four political documents of China and Japan are the overall conclusion of the historical experience and lessons, Wen said, adding that each principle should be abided by while the problems and divergences should be properly resolved.
Wen urged that the stable, healthy and long-term Sino-Japan relationship should be guaranteed.
Wen said China and Japan are preparing for the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations scheduled for 2012. The two countries have achieved abundant fruits in exchanges and cooperation with the improvement of bilateral ties, he said.
Deep influences of the global financial crisis has been continuously expanding while the complexity and seriousness of the world and regional situation are beyond prediction, Wen said. So it is necessary and conditions are ready for China and Japan to closely work together when facing the challenges and to deepen the strategic and mutually beneficial relations.
Wen called on both countries to seize the opportunity to promote the dialogue and communication in bilateral, regional and international affairs.
He also urged the two nations to take effective measures to accumulate mutual trust in order to make solid foundation for extending cooperation.
Prior to the talks in the Great Hall of the People, Wen held a welcoming ceremony for Noda's two-day official visit, which is also his first China visit since taking office in September.
Noda arrived in Beijing on Sunday afternoon. He will meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao and top legislator Wu Bangguo on Monday.