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Wen Jiabao Delivers Written Speech at Japan's Haneda Airport

2007-04-11

In a written statement released upon his arrival at Japan's Haneda Airport, Wen said at the invitation of the Japanese government, he will make a three-day official visit to Japan. "On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I would like to extend my sincere greetings and best wishes to the Japanese people," said Wen.

Wen said the Sino-Japanese relations are significant to both nations, which are two important countries in Asia and the world at large. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese ties, and thus the two countries are facing a historic opportunity to improve bilateral ties, he added. "My visit is aimed at promoting political trust and expanding reciprocal cooperation and friendly exchanges so as to push forward Sino-Japanese relations to develop in a long-term, healthy and stable way," said the premier. In addition to talks with Abe, Wen is expected to make an official visit to Emperor Akihito during his visit. He will also engage broadly with Japanese people of various circles, either in or out of government. "I hope to upgrade Sino-Japanese relations to a new level through the visit," Wen said.

"May your great country achieve prosperity and its people well being," added the premier.

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