BEIJING -- Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan said on Monday that the
current China-Japan relations are facing the major tasks of deciding on the
contents and framework of strategic ties of mutual benefit and deepening
While meeting Akihiro Ota, head of Japan's coalition party the New Komeito,
Tang urged the two sides to follow the right development direction of bilateral
ties and properly tackle sensitive issues in a bid to secure sound advancement
of China-Japan relations.
China-Japan relations were at the lowest point over the past years because of
former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's repeated visits to Yasukuni
Shrine, which honors 14 Class-A war criminals during the World War II.
Koizumi's successor Shinzo Abe paid an "ice-breaking" visit to China last
October. The leaders of the two countries agreed to construct the strategic
relationship of mutual benefit.