Tuesday, 29th April 2008
In General Japan News,
Chinese leader to visit Japan
China's president Hu Jintao has agreed to visit Japan next week to improve relations between the two countries.
During his four-day trip, the president will meet Japanese premier Yasuo Fukuda, the emperor of Japan and various politicians and lawmakers.
It will be the first official trip to Japan by a Chinese president in a decade. The visit is scheduled to commence on May 6th.
"We hope that we can enhance our political mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation," said China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
"China is willing to work together with Japan to further promote our relations," she added.
Officials in China and Japan are currently engaged in talks on how to share gas deposits in the waters that separate the two countries.
It is hoped that the presidential visit may help the two nations find a resolution that is acceptable to both parties.
However, disputes remain over the Senkaku Islands, which has resulted in clashes between the Japanese government and Chinese protesters.
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