Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao waves before his departure for Japanata military airport in Songnam, south of Seoul April 11,2007.ReutersChinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Tokyo Wednesdayfor athree-day official visit he described as an ice thawerofSino-Japanese ties following the ice-breaking trip to ChinalastOctober by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.
The visit is the first by a Chinese premier since 2000 andoccursagainst the backdrop of the two countries working hard tomendrelations.
Their relationship turned frosty under Abespredecessor,Junichiro Koizumi, largely due to his annual visits tothe Yasukunishrine, where Japans war dead including 14 class-AWorld War IIcriminals were enshrined.
If Prime Minister Abes visit to China... can be described asanice breaker, then I hope my visit to Japan will be an icethawer,Wen told the press before his visit.
Abe chose China as the destination for his first overseastripafter taking office in Septr, a move believed to be a sign ofthenew prime ministers eagerness to improve relations withChina.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry officials have revealed thattheeconomic issue will be high up on Wens agenda.
China and Japan will draft a joint document spelling out thetwocountries aspirations to build a strategic, mutuallybeneficialrelationship, and the major tasks involved in thisrelationship,according to Chinese officials.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that through thevisit,Wen also hopes to promote long-term educational, cultural andyouthexchanges between the two countries that wouldboostgood-neighborly relations between China and Japan.
During his stay, Wen is expected to hold talks with Abeanddeliver a speech in the Japanese Diet (or parliament), the firstbya Chinese leader in 22 years.
In the 35 years since they normalized relations, China andJapanhave witnessed a steady growth of bilateral exchanges. Thetwocountries also disagree over historical issues and disputeovernatural gas fields in the East China Sea.
Vocabulary:Yasukuni shrine: 靖国神社(实习编辑:顾萍)