Chinese leader's five-point plan for thrust to relations

HANOI: Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here on Saturday expressed willingness to maintain the momentum in the development of relations.

``The Sino-Japanese ties are now at a crucial juncture,'' said Mr. Hu when he met Mr. Abe. The talks demonstrated their common aspiration to improve relations and marked a new era, he said.

At the Beijing meeting last month, we agreed to view the ties from the long-term and strategic perspective of peaceful coexistence, friendship for generations, cooperation for mutual benefit and common development, said Mr. Hu. ``The two sides also reached wide-ranging consensus on enhancing political trust, boosting cooperation for mutual benefit, expanding exchanges of personnel and promoting cooperation in international and regional affairs.'' To promote cooperation, Mr. Hu put forward a five-point proposal charting the direction of the development of bilateral ties, deepening friendship between the two peoples, promoting mutually beneficial cooperation, making joint efforts to promote peace, stability and development in Asia, and properly handling the sensitive issues related to Taiwan and the history of Japanese invasion.

Political foundation

The sensitive issues are closely related to the political foundation of bilateral relations, he said. The two countries should also speed up consultation on the East-China Sea issue and make it the ``sea of peace, cooperation and friendship.''

Mr. Abe said Japan and China had agreed to build a strategically reciprocal relationship during his October visit to China. He hoped to maintain high-level exchanges to push the relations to a new high.

He suggested the two sides hold a ministerial meeting at the earliest to coordinate their cooperation in economy and trade, strengthen cooperation in energy saving. Xinhua