Chinese President Hu Jintao lauded closer cooperation with Japan when he arrived on Tuesday for a state visit intended to nurture trust between the Asian powers despite rifts over energy resources and security.
Hu was greeted in Tokyo by senior Japanese officials and flag-waving, mostly Chinese well-wishers. Downtown, some 7,000 police were deployed ahead of threatened protests by hundreds of right-wing activists who see China as a danger.
But China is promoting itself as a friendly neighbor after years of feuding over Japan’s handling of its wartime aggression, and Hu has stressed forward-looking goals for his five days of ceremony, speeches and deals, as well as table tennis and perhaps pandas.
Read also Hu: China-Japan relations facing new opportunities for further development by Xinhua, China’s Hu in Japan on rare visit of reconciliation by AFP, and Hu’s trip to Japan calls for pingpong, pandas from AP.