Back to listSep 30, 2006

China's Ambassador to Japan and SGI President Discuss Sino-Japanese Friendship

Ambassador Wang (left) presents Mr. Ikeda with calligraphy signifying Chinese President Hu Jintao's proposals for strengthening Sino-Japanese relations

On September 29, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi, accompanied by Councilor Xiong Bo and First Secretary Yang Yu, received a warm welcome from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Soka Gakkai representatives at the Soka International Friendship Center in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. The day happened to be the 34th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Communiqué of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China, signifying the normalization of bilateral relations. Soka Gakkai Vice Presidents Toshiyuki Mitsugi, Naoki Hagimoto and Yoshiki Tanigawa were among the Soka Gakkai delegates present at the meeting.

Ambassador Wang, who had last met Mr. Ikeda seven months ago in February 2006, stated that he wished to express his deep respect to Mr. Ikeda who has significantly contributed to bilateral relations over the course of many years. He said that in light of the current strained relations between China and Japan, Mr. Ikeda has consistently urged the two sides to return to the starting point of Sino-Japanese friendship, of which he is a living witness. Expressing his appreciation for the ambassador's visit, Mr. Ikeda affirmed that he is committed to fulfilling the vow he made to Premier Zhou Enlai, China's eminent leader, to realize friendship between their two countries.

During their meeting, Mr. Wang and Mr. Ikeda reviewed and confirmed the basic spirit of the joint Communiqué of 1972, encapsulated in the following: "The Japanese side is keenly conscious of the responsibility for the serious damage that Japan caused in the past to the Chinese people through war, and deeply reproaches itself." The ambassador introduced Chinese President Hu Jintao's basic proposals for strengthening bilateral relations, summarized as fostering "peaceful coexistence," "friendship across generations," "cooperation and reciprocity," and "collaborative development." Mr. Wang and Mr. Ikeda concurred that based on these fundamental guidelines for peaceful relations it was important for China and Japan to overcome various obstacles and advance hand in hand. Mr. Ikeda expressed his support for President Hu's focus on education for creating the foundation for the next 100 years.

Their talks turned to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Mr. Ikeda introduced the fact that the new wing of the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, scheduled for completion the same year, will be featuring an exhibition on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. They also discussed the ongoing youth exchanges between Soka Gakkai and the All-China Youth Federation and the success of the recent visit to China by the 200-member Soka Gakkai Japan-China Youth Friendship Delegation and Soka Gakkai educators.