Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki arrived in Beijing on September 26 at the start of an official visit to mark the tenth anniversary of restored Sino-Japanese relations.
1. Beijing: Japanese Prime Minister, Zenko Suzuki (on right) with Chinese Prime Minster Zhao Ziyang reviewing Chinese troops. 0.43
2. SCUs Zhao Ziyang and Prime Minister Suzuki seated at talks. (2 SHOTS) 0.57
3. GV ZOOM INTO SCU Chinese Prime Minister reading from a blue book PAN TO Suzuki. 1.22
4. GV The two leaders seated at conference table. 1.23
5. SCUs Prime Ministers addressing conference. (2 SHOTS) 1.32
6. GV Leaders with officials at table. 1.35
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Background: BEIJING, CHINA
Japanese Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki arrived in Beijing on September 26 at the start of an official visit to mark the tenth anniversary of restored Sino-Japanese relations. Mr. Suzuki's first engagement was a review of Chinese military forces. He was accompanied by Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang. During two hours of talks which followed the review, Mr. Suzuki told his hosts that Japan would correct errors in its controversial new school text books glossing over Japanese atrocities in China before and during World War Two. The row erupted in June when Japan's Education Ministry issued revised school history books on the 1937-45 Japanese war, provoking strong Chinese protests and accusations of a revival of militarism in Japan. Mr. Suzuki is reported to have told Prime Minister Zhao that the vast majority of Japanese are not militaristic. The two leaders also discussed economic co-operation with Mr. Zhao outlining three specific areas: the development of energy resources, transport and communications and the non-ferrous metals industry. The Japanese leader promised nearly 400 million US dollars more Japanese investment for off-shore oil exploration in the Bohai Gulf off China's north-east coast. At the same time, Mr. Suzuki stressed that government-to-government co-operation was limited and private sector contacts should be boosted. Japanese companies have been reluctant to invest in China because of uncertainty about profits. Mr. Suzuki was also reported to be questioning China's leaders about the Soviet Union's last appeal to China for a normalization of relations between the two Communist powers.
Source: CENTRAL CHINA TELEVISION