Ying Yong Meets Former Prime Minister of Japan and Boao Forum for Asia Board Chairman Yasuo Fukuda

On March 27, Ying Yong, mayor of Shanghai, met with Yasuo Fukuda, former Japanese prime minister and chairman of the board of Boao Forum for Asia, and his party.

Ying Yong extended welcome to Yasuo Fukuda, who arrived in Shanghai to attend a calligraphy exchange event between Chinese and Japanese youngsters. He said China and Japan are close neighbors separated only by a trip of water. The China-Japan relations are one of the most important bilateral relations of China, and so long as the two sides abide by the four political documents between the two countries and steadily expand the positive side and control the negative side of their relations, their relations can achieve steady improvement and development. The friendly exchange and cooperation between the local governmentsare helpful for the development of relations between the two countries. Yokohama and Osaka are sister cities of Shanghai and Shanghai has also established a friendly exchange relationship with Nagasaki. Shanghai wishes to strengthen cooperation and exchange with Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagasaki, Gumma and other places in Japan for common development.

Yasuo Fukuda said this year marks the 45thanniversary of normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China and it will be the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Peace and Friendship Treaty between Japan and China next year. Japan and China should attach great importance to the four political documents and make efforts to control the negative side of their relations, enhance economic and trade and cultural exchange and deepen mutual understanding and friendly exchange between the people. He also wished to see more cooperation and exchange between Japanese local governments and Shanghai and further development of Japan-China relations.