The Saturday event, in which Xi met more than 3,000 Japanese visitors at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, was an indicator of warming China-Japan ties after three years of tension, noted Press Trust of India (PTI).
The Indian media outlet quoted the Chinese president saying that the root of China-Japanese friendship comes from the public and the future of the relationship is in the hands of the people.
Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun described the visit by the delegation, led by Toshihiro Nikai, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council, as a practical step to improve bilateral ties.
Together with Asahi Shimbun newspaper, Kyodo news agency and other heavyweights in the Japanese media circle, Mainichi Shimbun noted that Beijing attaches importance to bilateral people-to-people exchanges, particularly between the young generations of the two nations.
Xi's speech, Kyodo said, also signaled China's readiness to seek a broader thaw of relations with Japan.
On the other hand, Xi's remarks were also a warning against attempts to distort or whitewash Japan's history of aggression, noted Japanese and global media.
PTI quoted Xi as saying that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II (WWII), and the nations that suffered Japan's barbarities seven decades ago will never accept words and actions by the Japanese side that distort history.
Japanese national broadcaster NHK noted that Xi's speech meant China's basic policies on developing relations with Japan remain unchanged.
Quoting Xi's remarks that the crimes committed by the Japanese militarists during WWII should never be covered up, Tokyo Shimbun said the statement indicated China's doubts about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stance on historical issues.
The address, said Kyodo news agency, also showed that Beijing is closely watching Abe's planned 70-anniversary statement.
Peace and friendly cooperation between China and Japan is the common will of the people, and the friendship between the two countries deserves to be cherished and protected, leading international news agency Agence France-Presse quoted Xi as saying.
BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a gathering of more than 3,000 Japanese visitors in Beijing Saturday to support people-to-people exchanges between the two nations.
"The China-Japan friendship is rooted in the people, and the future of the bilateral relationship is in the hand of the people of the two countries," Xi said as he delivered a speech at the meeting at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing. Full story
BEIJING, May 24 (Xinhua) -- China and Japan have in the past few years seen their relations frequently strained by various provocative incidents created by the Japanese side, thanks in no small part to the right-leaning sentiment that has been gaining traction in the island nation.
Homage trips by high-ranking Japanese officials to the notorious Yasukuni Shrine honoring Class A war criminals, statements by high-profile politicians seeking to whitewash Japan's wartime atrocities during World War II (WWII), and revisions of textbooks in trying to hide Japan's abhorrent role during that period from the younger generations... Such are all potent poisons for China-Japan ties. Full story
BEIJING, May 24 (Xinhua) -- While gestures by Japanese politicians on the country's aggressive past leave a lot to be desired, a visit to China by a large Japanese delegation shows there is hope for the future of bilateral ties.
The 3,000-member delegation, the largest mission between the two countries in recent years, was in China between Friday and Sunday. The event offered an opportunity to not only deepen tourism exchanges, but also improve mutual understanding and trust. Full story