China, Japan reach concensus on major issues

2007-12-28 19:09:16 CCTV


China and Japan have agreed on major bilateral issues during talks between China's top leadership and visiting Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda.

President Hu Jintao met with Yasuo Fukuda on Friday afternoon.President Hu said China is willing to strengthen dialogue with Japan to increase mutual trust and seek solutions to sensitive issues.

In a separate meeting, top legislator Wu Bangguo said although differences remain, China and Japan share increasing common interests. Both sides called for more regular contacts between the two parliaments.

Earlier, Fukuda and his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao held comprehensive and candid discussions on a wide range of issues. They agreed that relations have entered an important period of improvement and development.

Although giving no details on how to solve the dispute over the East China Sea, they agreed to settle it as soon as possible.

Wen Jiabao said, "Both of us showed the willingness to explore it together, so that the East China Sea can become a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship."

And Fukuda reaffirmed Japan's policy on Taiwan.

Fukuda said, "We never support the idea of 'two Chinas' or 'one China,one Taiwan'. We do not support independence for Taiwan. We sincerely hope that Taiwan issue can be resolved in a peaceful way. We do not support the referendum in Taiwan for entry into the United Nations."

China and Japan also signed 3 agreements on youth exchanges, efforts to tackle climate change and new energy research.

Next year, the two countries will mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. And now the two countries are preparing for a trip of the Chinese President to visit Japan next spring. With that, observers say the two countries are well on track of a strategic partnership for mutual benefit.