Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Saturday sent a congratulatory message to new Chinese President Hu Jintao on his promotion earlier in the day, government officials said.

“Coinciding with this year as a turning point on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of the Japan-China peace treaty, I would like to push forward a new stage of cooperative relations in a broad range of fields and further promote mutual understanding and trust between the two countries,” Koizumi was quoted as saying in the message.

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