Tokyo: China and Japan have agreed to strengthen strategic and mutually beneficial relations and start negotiations for an early conclusion of a treaty over the joint development of an oil field in East China Sea, the Japanese Foreign Ministry has said.
In a teleconference held last evening, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japan`s new Prime Minister Naoto Kan have also discussed the recent sinking of the South Korean warship, reportedly attacked by a North Korean torpedo, Chinese Foreign Ministry officials said.
While Kan requested that Japan and China cooperate in showing the will of the international community in responding to the incident, Wen only said that close cooperation between Beijing and Tokyo is important, Japanese Foreign Ministry officials said.
After congratulating Kan on becoming prime minister, Wen conveyed his hope of strengthening bilateral trust through frequent communication and removing obstacles, the Chinese officials said.
In the talks held at the request of the Chinese side, Kan asked for a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in Canada later this month, and Wen responded he will convey the request to Hu, according to the Japanese officials.