Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chinese premier to visit quake-affected areas this month

photoChinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan take part in the East Asia Summit in Hanoi on Oct. 30, 2010. (Pool)


BEIJING--Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced May 13 that he will visit areas worst-hit by the March 11 tsunami.

"I am going to go to the affected areas in Japan to express my sympathy," he said in a meeting in Beijing with a visiting delegation of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), the biggest business organization in Japan. The delegation was headed by the organization's chairman Hiromasa Yonekura.

Wen is expected to visit the affected areas when he visits Japan to take part in the trilateral summit meeting between Japan, China and South Korea on May 21 and 22 in Tokyo.

Possible areas he might visit are Sendai, Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture or Ofunato in Iwate Prefecture. Chinese rescue team conducted relief operations in Ofunato soon after the disaster.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is also considering visiting Sendai during the same period.

In the meeting with the Nippon Keidanren delegation, Wen said China will do what it can to aid Japan's recovery, saying, "The Japanese people are facing extreme hardship. The Chinese people are feeling that hardship as their own."

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