Abe: Japan, China should increase exchanges
Updated: 2006-10-27 10:51
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that Japan's exchanges with
China through governmental and grassroots channels are of significance and such
exchanges should be increased, according to Jiji Press.
Abe said so after meeting with Yotaro Kobayashi, chairman of the New
Japan-China Friendship Committee for the 21st Century on the Japanese side, who
returned to Japan after attending a committee meeting in China last week.
"Exchanges between the two governments and those between the peoples are
significant in enhancing the friendship and mutual beneficial ties between Japan
and China," Abe was quoted as saying. He also said that the five committee
meetings are "meaningful" and that there should be more such exchanges.
The New Japan-China Friendship Committee for the 21st Century was established
in 2003, with an aim that intellectuals of both sides will study the relations
from a broad perspective including politics, economy, culture, science and
technology, and will make a proposal and report to the governments of both