Premier Chou En-lai of the State Council gave a banquet in honour of Kakuei Tanaka, Prime Minister of Japan, on the evening of September 25 at the Great Hall of the People.
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Background: Premier Chou En-lai of the State Council gave a banquet in honour of Kakuei Tanaka, Prime Minister of Japan, on the evening of September 25 at the Great Hall of the People.
Attending the Banquet on the Japanese side were Masayoshi Ohira, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Susumu Nikaido, Chief of the Cabinet Secretariat, and other members of the Prime Minister's party.
Present on the occasion were Yeh Chien-ying, Kuo Mo-jo, Ngap Ngawang Jigme, Chou Chien-jen, Fu Tso-yi, Chi Peng-fei Wu Teh, Fang Yi, Pai Hsiang-kuo, Liao Cheng-chih, Han Nien-lung, Hsiao Chin-kuang, Yu Sang and Wang Kuo-chuan.
Addressing the Banquet, Premier Chou En-lai said that Prime Minister Tanaka's visit to China opened a new page in the history of Sino-Japanese relations.
Premier Chou said: "After resuming office, Prime Minister Tanaka Resolutely put forward a new policy towards China, stated that the nor??? re?? People's Republic of China ??? and ??? all understanding of China's three principles for the restoration of diplomatic relations and has, to this end, taken practical steps Proceeding from its consistent stand, the Chinese Government has made positive response. There is already a good basis for the normalization of relations between the two countries." The Premier continued: "It is the common desire of the Chinese and Japanese peoples to promote Sino-Japanese friendship and restore diplomatic relations between China and Japan. Now is the time for us to accomplish this historic task."
In his speech, Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka said: "Japan and China have different political convictions and social systems. Yet, I think in spite of all this, it is possible for Japan and China to establish good-neighbourly and friendly relations and, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, strengthen contacts, respect each other's stated and carry our cooperation."
Prime Minister Tanaka said: "Despite the fact that some minor differences exist between the positions and views of the two sides, I believe it is possible for Japan and China to overcome their divergence of views and reach agreement in the spirit of common ground on major questions and of ???ual erstanding and out??? accommodation."