Tokyo: China`s Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in
Tokyo Sunday for annual talks with his Japanese counterpart
aimed at building trust between the giant Asian neighbours.
Wen and Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama were to meet
tomorrow, after both attended a weekend summit with South
Korea`s President Lee Myung-Bak on the Korean resort island of
Jeju, which was dominated by tensions over North Korea.
At the summit China resisted pressure from South Korea
and Japan to censure North Korea publicly for the sinking of a
South Korean warship, calling only for regional tensions over
the incident to be defused.
Apart from North Korea, Wen and Hatoyama were also
expected to discuss bilateral issues, including encounters
between their countries` navies in the East China Sea.
In recent weeks Japan has protested against three
incidents, in which Chinese helicopters twice flew close to
Japanese naval vessels and a Chinese marine survey ship
pursued a Japanese coastguard vessel.
During his three-day stay in Tokyo, Wen is also scheduled
to meet Emperor Akihito and Japanese business leaders.
At a dinner with Japanese organisations promoting
friendship with Beijing and groups of Chinese residents in
Japan today, Wen said relations between the two countries had
"moved forward greatly" since he visited three years ago.
"On the whole, the bilateral relations are developing
with good momentum," said Wen, 68.
Wen then read a haiku-style poem he apparently wrote the
same day describing his feelings about changes in China`s
relations with Japan.
"The ice melts into water in the spring. The rain is gone
and the green mountain is extremely green and the earth is
thick with grasses," he said.
He called for greater understanding between the two
countries to try to overcome their differences.
When Wen toured Japan in 2007, the two countries had
strong trade links but their political ties were strained due
mainly to repeated visits to a controversial war shrine by
former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi.