Japan-China Summit Telephone Talks

April 12, 2011

Today (Tuesday April 12),Prime Minister Naoto Kan held telephone talks with H.E. Mr. Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. An outline of the talks is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Kan expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the many warm messages of condolence and encouragement extended by Chinese leaders, including the signing of a book of condolences by H.E. Mr. Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, as well as for the assistance and donations provided in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, such as in the form of an emergency rescue team and emergency relief supplies. He also expressed his sympathies for the Chinese victims of the earthquake. In response, Premier Wen expressed his sincere condolences for those who had suffered from the earthquake on behalf of the Government and the people of China, and stated that as a neighbor, China felt as if the earthquake had occurred in China, and that he was confident that the Government and the people of Japan would surely overcome this difficult situation and succeed in its reconstruction.

  2. Prime Minister Kan explained the situation of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, and stated that Japan would continue to provide information and explanation with maximum transparency to the international community, including China. In response, Premier Wen stated that they also paid attention to the situation, and that he would like to request the Government of Japan to effectively manage the situation and provide necessary information regarding this issue.

  3. Both leaders agreed that, with this year marking the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution and next year marking the 40th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Japan and China, the two countries would make efforts to steadily and concretely build on achievements in the following three areas with a view to strengthening the “Mutually Beneficial Relationship Based on Common Strategic Interests” and improving public sentiment toward each other: i) cooperation in disaster prevention, nuclear safety and the environment, ii) joint efforts to make the East China Sea a “Sea of Peace, Cooperation and Friendship,” and iii) further enhancement of cultural and human exchanges.

  4. Both leaders also agreed to enhance high-level exchanges between the two countries. Prime Minister Kan then extended a warm welcome to Premier Wen for his scheduled visit to Japan on the occasion of the Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit Meeting that would be held in Japan this year.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)