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Xi backs people-to-people exchanges to improve China-Japan ties

Reporter: Su Yuting 丨 CCTV.com

05-24-2015 10:28 BJT

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has attended a China-Japan friendship exchange meeting and addressed a 3,000-strong delegation of Japanese people at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The mission is the largest between the two countries since relations turned sour over the disputed Diaoyu Islands in September 2012.

This is an important meeting that both Chinese and Japanese people hope will improve mutual understanding and trust.

Xi has welcomed the visiting 3,000-strong delegation from Japan. The delegation is led by Toshihiro Nikai, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s general council.

This is a group willing to strengthen ties with China. It includes leaders of local governments and the tourism industry.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has attended a China-Japan friendship exchange meeting and addressed a 3,000-strong delegation of Japanese people at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has attended a China-Japan friendship exchange meeting and addressed a 3,000-strong delegation of Japanese people at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Xi said that the two countries should remember history and look to the future on the basis of the four-point agreement to resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue.

"This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, as well as the World Anti-Fascist War. The crimes committed by Japanese militarism can not be concealed; historical truth can not be distorted,” Xi said.

“Chinese people and Asian victims who suffered, or any Japanese people who have a sense of justice and conscience, will not tolerate any attempt to distort the history of Japanese militarist aggression. The Japanese people were also victims of the war. Both sides should learn from history and face the future to seek peaceful development, boost friendship from generation to generation, create a better future for the development of both countries, and contribute more to peace in Asia and the world."

Nikai stressed that personal and cultural exchanges are crucial for improving relations between Japan and China, which have been strained by territorial and historical issues.

"The China-Japan Friendship communication conference is very important. We thank the Chinese government for its support and attention. It is very significant in maintaining people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges, especially for mutual understanding among young people. We are willing to work with China to boost cooperation in these areas," Nikai said.

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