CEBU, Philippines _ Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
met for talks as part of an Asian regional summit Sunday, saying they are
satisfied that their nations' relations are improving.
Abe, who visited Beijing last October, said he was happy to
have another meeting with the Chinese leader.
"I hope we can exchange opinions and have fruitful results," he said in
opening remarks during a one-day meeting in the central Philippine city of Cebu,
where the two leaders were attending a broader meeting with the 10-country
Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Wen said Abe's visit last year was a very important one.
"Through efforts of both sides, we overcame problems obstructing the
development of relations," he said.
"I am happy to see China-Japan relations moving forward," he said. "It is in
the interest of the people of both sides, Asia and the world."
But Wen, expected to visit Tokyo this year, also cautioned that "our problems
are still not small."
After the opening statements, the meeting went ahead behind closed doors.
Japan-China ties have been strained by territorial disputes, rival claims to
natural resource areas and visits by Abe's predecessor to a Tokyo shrine that
many see as a symbol of Japanese militarism.