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Wen urges Japan to honor promise

PREMIER Wen Jiabao has called on Japan to honor its promise and handle historical issues in an appropriate way.

In talks lasting more than two hours with his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday, Wen said historical issues were highly sensitive and affected people's feelings.

He called on governments and political figures on both sides to stick to the principles of the four China-Japan political documents, and make unremitting efforts to push forward bilateral ties.

Wen also reiterated China's stance and opinion on the East Sea issue.

China was willing to cooperate with Japan to expand youth and non-governmental exchanges, to boost understanding between the two peoples, Wen said.

Aso told Wen Japan's stance on historical issues was fully reflected in the official statements by Japanese prime ministers in 1995 and 2005. The main spirit in the statements was facing up to history and looking to the future.

Japan was willing to properly handle existing problems in Japan-China ties and enhance political trust, he said.

Aso called for closer youth exchanges through the mechanisms including dialogue among youth economic elites to foster affection between the two peoples.

The two premiers covered other important issues including the global economic downturn, swine flu and regional security.

Wen and Aso pledged further cooperation in dealing with the global financial crisis and leading regional economic growth.

Wen asked the two major world economies to stabilize bilateral trade and investment, expand cooperation in energy-saving and environmental sectors, information and communication technology, green economy and high-tech industries, as well as to cultivate new growth points.

Wen urged China and Japan to firmly oppose trade protectionism, strengthen international financial monitoring and seek positive results in the reform of the international financial system.

Aso arrived in Beijing yesterday for a two-day China tour, his first official visit since he took office in September.


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