BEIJING: China and Japan should work together to enhance cooperation, properly handle sensitive bilateral issues and cope with global challenges to push forward their relations, Defense Minister Liang Guanglie said here Wednesday.
Liang made the remarks while meeting with visiting Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces chief of staff, Yoshifumi Hibako.
Liang hailed the current relationship between the two countries, noting they have enjoyed active high-level contacts and a deepening in mutual trust since the new Yukio Hatoyama government took office.
Sino-Japanese cooperation has seen solid progress in all fields, including economy, trade, culture and defense affairs, Liang said, adding that he hoped the achievements will be cherished by both countries.
Echoing Liang's view, Hibako expressed Japan's hope for closer ties with China to safeguard regional and international peace and stability.
Hibako is the first foreign military officer to meet with Liang since China's Spring Festival, which fell on February 14 this year. Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Hibako held talks with the People's Liberation Army's Deputy Chief of Staff Hou Shusen.