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Official Calls for More Youth Exchanges with Japan

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A senior official with the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Sunday called for more exchanges between Chinese and Japanese youth.

Li Yuanchao, head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks while meeting with Japan's former House of Representatives Speaker Yohei Kono, and some members of a visiting Japanese young leader delegation.

Hailing the project of mutual visits between the two countries' young leaders, Li said fruitful achievements had been made in the past 10 years.

Under the framework of this project, more than 1,000 young leaders from China and Japan had visited each other's country, according to Li.

"We should continue our efforts to have more exchanges between Chinese and Japanese youth, in a bid to strengthen mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples," Li said, noting that it would help the Sino-Japanese friendship.

Kono said he would, as always, promote the youth exchanges between the two countries.

During the current visit from October 12 to 18, the 58-member Japanese young leader delegation is to visit Beijing, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and China's economic hub Shanghai.

(Xinhua News Agency October 12, 2009)