Chinese Vice Foreign
Minister Dai Bingguo (R) and Japan's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Shotaro Yachi (L) wrapped up three days of closed-door strategic talks
over the weekend, vowing to build "mutually beneficial"
China and Japan vowed to build "strategic, mutually beneficial" ties on
Saturday at the conclusion of the seventh round of strategic talks between the
two countries' top diplomats in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang
Vice-Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo and Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign
Affairs Yachi Shotaro led the two delegations at the meetings, which began in
Beijing last Thursday. The two delegations consisted of about 20 Chinese and
Both Dai and Shotaro said they bore a "heavy responsibility" to promote ties.
During the three-day series of meetings, the two sides discussed building
"strategic, mutually beneficial" ties and had "frank" and "in-depth" exchanges
of views on how to maintain momentum in improving and developing bilateral ties,
according to a statement released by Chinese Foreign Ministry.
provides an important opportunity for advancing bilateral ties, and both sides
should work for the complete success of the visit and for the long-term, sound
and stable progress of bilateral ties," Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing told
Shotaro on Thursday.
Li urged Japan to observe the three China-Japan political documents and to
properly resolve "sensitive" issues.
"As participants in the dialogue, both of us are happy about the improvements
in bilateral ties," Dai told Shotaro before their closed door meetings began.
Echoing Dai's statements, Shotaro joked that it was the first time that he
had smiled while talking with Chinese officials at a strategic dialogue.
"The strategic dialogue played a role in removing political obstacles in
bilateral relations and getting relations back on track," Dai said.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic
relations between the two countries.
Premier Wen Jiabao will pay an official visit to Japan in April.
In his policy address to parliament on Friday, Japanese
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to build mutually beneficial ties with China.