Chinese President Jiang Zemin will arrive in Tokyo on Sept. 6 as a state guest, becoming the first Chinese head of state to visit Japan in the long history of bilateral relations, government sources said Wednesday.
South Korean President Kim Dae June — who took office in February following a victory in last December’s hotly contested presidential election — will also visit Japan as a state guest from Oct. 7 to 10, the sources said.
Japan had already agreed to arrange official visits by Jiang and Kim this fall, but specific dates had not been set. Jiang will spend the first four days of his Japan visit on official activities, including talks with Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and other political and business leaders, as well as having an audience with the Emperor, before leaving on Sept. 11 or 12, the sources said.
When Jiang visited Japan in April 1992, he was head of the Chinese Communist Party but did not hold the largely ceremonial post of president. Jiang’s last visit came six months before the Emperor’s historic trip to China to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese ties.
Jiang and Hashimoto are expected to issue a document setting the framework for Sino-Japanese relations in the 21st century, but its contents have yet to be worked out, the sources said. The new document would be the third since the 1972 joint statement that normalized diplomatic ties and the 1978 peace and friendship treaty.
The sources said, however, that the planned document — which has been requested by Beijing — will only emphasize the need for strengthened bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas and will not spell out any changes in Japanese policy, including its stance on Taiwan.
Beijing still regards Taiwan as a renegade province and has not yet renounced the use of military force, if necessary, to reunify the island with the mainland.
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