China, Japan to hold strategic dialogue
Updated: 2006-09-22 09:57 China and Japan will hold a
new round of strategic dialogue in Tokyo this weekend, as Japan's new ruling
party chief Shinzo Abe prepares to succeed outgoing Junichiro Koizumi as prime
minister next Tuesday.
Vice-Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo and Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign
Affairs Shotaro Yachi will head the two delegations during the 6th round of the
strategic dialogue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular news
"China hopes to exchange views with the Japanese side on bilateral ties and
other issues of common concern through the dialogue," Qin said.
The previous round of the strategic dialogue between the two countries was
held in Beijing in May 2005.
When asked about whether there will be a meeting between Abe and Dai on the
sidelines of the dialogue, Qin said it is not known whether this would happen or
Abe was elected president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on
Wednesday and is set to succeed Koizumi as Japan's prime minister next Tuesday,
given the LDP's majority in the House of Representatives which has the final say
in the choice.
"We hope the new LDP leader can honour his words with deeds and make sincere
efforts to improve Sino-Japanese relations," Qin said.
He said China has been attaching importance to good-neighbourly relations
The priority for the Japanese Government is to thoroughly clear up the
political barriers that hinder the development of Sino-Japanese relations and
handle the problem of history properly, Qin said.
Commenting on Koizumi's policy towards China, Qin said the changes that have
taken place in China-Japan relations during his five-year term have been
witnessed by the world, without elaborating.
Bilateral relations between China and Japan have been soured because of
Koizumi's repeated visits to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, where 14 Class-A
World War II war criminals are honoured.
(China Daily 09/22/2006 page2)