On the morning of May 14, 2012, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Republic of Korea (ROK) President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Great Hall of the People. Lee and Noda are in Beijing to attend the Fifth Trilateral Summit Meeting among China, the ROK and Japan.
Hu hailed the positive results achieved during the trilateral summit meeting, saying the trilateral cooperation has become an important platform for the three East Asian countries to cement good-neighborly friendship and expand common interests. He said it is very necessary and urgent for China, Japan and the ROK to unite more closely for self development, and seek common development. The three countries, Hu said, should handle and deepen trilateral cooperation from a strategic height and long-term perspective, so as to promote mutual benefit and common development, bring more benefits to the three peoples and contribute to regional and global peace, stability and prosperity.
In general, the China-ROK and China-Japan relationship now maintains sound development momentum and exchanges and cooperation in all areas have achieved remarkable outcomes, the Chinese president said. China highly values its ties with the ROK and Japan, and stands ready to work with the two countries to implement the results of high-level visits, grasp the overall direction of bilateral ties, cement good-neighborliness, mutual trust and practical cooperation, properly handle existing problems and differences, respect and accommodate each other's major concerns, and promote sustainable, healthy and stable development of its relationship with the two countries, according to Hu.
During the meeting, Lee said ROK-China-Japan cooperation has witnessed rapid development and achieved fruitful results. During the summit, the leaders of the three countries held in-depth discussions on some major issues. He hailed the summit as being greatly significant as it witnessed agreements reached on starting the construction of a free trade area and promoting investment. Lee expressed hope that the three countries can continuously strengthen exchanges and cooperation in such fields as politics, economy and culture, and make efforts to promote regional stability and development as well as world economic recovery.
Noda said the Asia-Pacific region is the center of global economic growth and is full of opportunities. Japan, China and the ROK are all important countries in the region and their trilateral cooperation is essential and indispensable. Japan, according to Noda, hopes the three nations take the opportunities secured at the summit, to enhance mutual trust, uplift the level of economic, trade and investment cooperation, expand personnel exchanges, especially among young people, and make efforts to safeguard regional stability and development.
Lee and Noda also expressed willingness to work with China to enhance bilateral exchanges as well as communication and coordination on important regional issues.
State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other officials attended the meeting.