On May 25, 2012, Vice Premier Li Keqiang met with former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio at the Great Hall of the People.
Li expressed appreciation for Hatoyama Yukio's efforts in boosting strategic reciprocal relations with China and his attitude of facing up to history during his tenure as prime minister and head of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). Both sides are countries with major influence, he said. "The healthy development of China-Japan relations not only benefits the two peoples, but also promotes the peace, stability and prosperity of Asia and the world," said the vice premier. He urged both countries to abide by the principles enshrined in the four China-Japan political documents, properly handle sensitive issues, and strengthen bilateral strategic ties with mutual benefits. Li reiterated China's principled position on issues regarding Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the Diaoyu Islands. He expressed the hope that Hatoyama Yukio would continue playing a positive role in urging the Japanese side to respect China's core interests and major concerns, do more to enhance the two peoples' friendship and avoid damaging bilateral ties.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of China-Japan relations. Li called on the two countries to take the opportunity to increase dialogue and communication, enhance political trust, deepen substantial cooperation and cultural exchanges, and consolidate the social basis for bilateral relations.
Hatoyama Yukio said the Japan-China friendship was beneficial to both countries and the world. He vowed continued efforts in cementing friendship, bridging differences, promoting exchanges and cooperation in all areas and strengthening understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
Hatoyama Yukio is visiting China at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs.