BEIJING, April 30 -- Chinese President Hu
Jintao met Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso here on Thursday, calling on the two
sides to cherish achievements made in bilateral ties.
"Since my visit to Japan in May last year, related
parties on the two sides have made every effort to implement the consensus and
decisions agreed upon during the visit, and had attained important progress in
promoting the strategic and mutually-beneficial relations between China and
Japan," Hu told Aso at the Great Hall of the People.
"These achievements have not come easy and should be
cherished by us," said Hu.
Hu noted that as the global financial crisis spreads,
trade between China and Japan had declined obviously. He urged the two sides to
take effective measures to put bilateral trade and investment back on the track
of stable growth as soon as possible.
China and Japan must step up information exchange and
policy coordination, explore new areas of cooperation and exploit the full
potential of their cooperation. They must particularly ensure successes in
cooperation in energy-saving and environmental protection, information and
telecommunications and high-tech industries, said Hu.
Sino-Japanese trade slid by 7.4 percent year on year
in December and plumped by 24 percent in the first quarter of this year, figures
from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce show.
Hu noted personnel and culture exchanges have an
important and far-reaching impact on the development of Sino-Japan relations.
He urged the two countries to make full use of the
existing channels and mobile every resources available to raise bilateral
personnel and cultural exchanges, especially the exchanges between youths in
general and young officials in particular, to a new height.
In multilateral areas, China and Japan should focus
on advancing cooperation in East Asia so that the sub-region will collectively
respond to global challenges such as the current financial crisis, he said.
The two countries must further enhance their
coordination and cooperation in such regional mechanisms as the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations plus China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK), the
East Asia summit and the China, Japan plus ROK format, so that together they can
promote peace, stability and development in Asia and the world at large, Hu
Aso said since Hu's successful visit to Japan in May
last year, the two sides have made important progresses in implementing the
projects agreed upon during the visits.
He expressed Japan's appreciation of the fact that
the two countries have maintained frequent exchanges of visits by and good
communications between state leaders.
Japanese and Chinese leaders have also met for many
times in bilateral and multilateral occasions to exchange opinions on bilateral
relations and issues of common concern, said Aso.
Japan and China are neighbors. Sound cooperation in
political and economic fields and the continuous advancement of the strategic
and mutually-beneficial relationship between them have laid a solid foundation
for the future of this relationship, said the Japanese prime minister.
Aso said it is Japan's wish that the two countries
will continue with the close communications at high level, strengthen
cooperation in various fields, step up coordination in coping with the
international financial and economic crisis, and promote youth exchanges.
Aso arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for a two-day
China tour, his first official visit to China since he took office in