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Advisory panel eyes major progress for China-Japan ties next year

10-26-2011 08:00 BJT

CHANGSHA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Great progress in Sino-Japanese bilateral ties can be made next year as the two countries celebrate the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations, an advisory panel said Tuesday.

The two countries should use the anniversary as an opportunity to hold a series of activities aimed at improving bilateral ties, according to a press release issued after the third meeting of the Fifth 21st Century Committee for China-Japan Friendship, which was held in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province.

The committee, an advisory panel to the governments of both nations, convened a three-day meeting to discuss various aspects of China-Japan relations and to offer suggestions to the two governments.

The two nations should design a detailed plan for promoting medium- and long-term strategic and mutually beneficial relations in an all-around way from bilateral, regional and global perspectives, the committee said.

"Currently, political trust between the two nations remains inadequate," said Tang Jiaxuan, the Chinese chair of the panel and a former state councilor. He added that the foundation of friendly sentiments between the two nations is also "fragile."

Tang urged the two nations to increase dialogues in order to implement the political consensus of "treating each other as partners instead of threats" and "supporting each other's peaceful development."

He also suggested the two sides enhance people-to-people contact, especially between youths from the two countries, while working toward the formation of an objective and friendly public opinion environment.

Taizo Nishimuro, the Japanese chair of the committee composed of diplomats, business leaders, professors and journalists, urged media from both Japan and China to make more efforts in promoting mutual understanding between Japanese and Chinese nationals.

Japan and China should step up their exchanges and cooperation, and improve political and security trust in each other in order to advance bilateral ties in a sustainable way, he added.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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