China, Japan vow to promote bilateral ties amid disputes / 习近平会见日本外相松本刚明 [People’s Daily / 人民日报]

July 5, 2011

China and Japan on Monday pledged to enhance bilateral ties, as territorial and other disputes linger.

“The development of Chinese-Japanese relations conforms with the fundamental interests of the two peoples,” Vice President Xi Jinping told visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Matsumoto Takeaki.

As major trade and economic partners, China and Japan are becoming more dependent on each other, Xi said during an hour-long meeting with Matsumoto at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

Xi also mentioned the important responsibilities borne by the two states in safeguarding and promoting peace and development in Asia and the world at large.

The two countries share broad common interests on international and regional issues, Xi told Matsumoto who is on his first visit to China since he took office in March.

Xi talked with Matsumoto about the rebuilding effort in Japan following the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“I believe that the Japanese people, through their unremitting efforts, can overcome difficulties, rebuild their homes and achieve new economic and social progress,” Xi said.

Matsumoto said Japan appreciated China’s condolences over the disaster, especially those from President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, as well as the aid the country had provided.

He said Japan hoped to enhance cooperation with China in various fields, including post-disaster reconstruction, to push forward the mutually beneficial strategic relations.

Matsumoto talked with his counterpart Yang Jiechi prior to the meeting with Xi. And Yang reiterated to Matsumoto that the Diaoyu Islands are China’s “inherent territory.”

Also Monday afternoon, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei voiced the demand that some Japanese boats fishing in the waters of the Diaoyu Islands should be immediately withdrawn.

Reportedly the fishing boats have already moved away from waters of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan, Hong said.

Yang also called on the two sides to work together to implement the principled consensus on the East China Sea through practical activities.

Yang expressed China’s concern over the China-related issues being raised by the U.S.-Japan military alliance, and elaborated China’s stance on the South China Sea.

Japan and the United States issued a joint statement late June, which involved calls for China to play a constructive role in regional stability.

During Monday’s talks, China and Japan agreed that continuously pushing forward their bilateral cooperation conforms with the fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples, as well as the regional and global peace and stability.

In the current and following period, China and Japan should work together to fully implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields, and promote the bilateral ties through commemorating the next year’s 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic ties, Yang said…

Full article: http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90776/90883/7429108.html

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本报北京7月4日电 (记者王莉)国家副主席习近平4日在人民大会堂会见了来访的日本外相松本刚明。

  习近平说,不久前日本发生特大地震和海啸灾害,造成重大人员伤亡和财产损失。作为友好近邻,中国人民对日本人民经历的痛苦感同身受。中国政府和社会各界通过各种方式向日方提供了积极援助,体现了两国人民互帮互助、同舟共济的精神,相信日本人民通过不懈努力一定能克服困难,重建家园,推动日本经济社会取得新发展。

  习近平说,中日间有着长达两千年的友好交往历史,两国民间友好根基深厚。目前两国已互为主要经贸伙伴,相互依存日益加深,合作空间不断扩大。两国在维护和促进亚洲乃至世界和平与发展方面肩负重要责任,在国际地区事务中存在广泛的共同利益。中日关系发展符合两国和两国人民的根本利益,有利于亚洲和世界的和平、稳定与发展,两国战略互惠关系前景广阔。

  松本祝贺中国共产党建党90周年,他表示日本特大地震和海啸灾害发生后,胡锦涛主席亲赴日本驻中国大使馆吊唁,温家宝总理访日期间专程前往重灾区看望灾民。中国领导人和中国人民对日方给予的亲切慰问和帮助使日本人民深受鼓舞。日方希望以此为契机,与中方进一步加强各领域合作包括灾后重建合作,推动日中战略互惠关系不断向前发展。

  外交部长杨洁篪等参加会见。

中文 / 人民日报 – http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrb/html/2011-07/05/nw.D110000renmrb_20110705_5-01.htm

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