A group of former Chinese diplomats are giving a speech tour in Chinese universities to help officials and students correctly understand Sino-Japanese relations, according to official sources.
The speech tour, launched by the Publicity Department of the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2002/11/11/39303.html ' target=_blank>Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, started on April 19 and will last six days with stopovers in Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing, the official source said.
The series of speeches is meant to make government and CPC officials and students of higher learning institutes correctly understand the current international situation, the history and present situation of the Sino-Japanese relations as well as China's policy toward Japan.
Speakers of the group said Japan is an important neighbor of China, and the interests of the two countries have been intertwined with each other. Such a trend will continue in the context of &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2002/02/01/26157.html ' target=_blank>economic globalization, reports Xinhuanet.
Today's comments by Japanese and Chinese officials contrasted sharply with their tone earlier this week. Japan's foreign minister, Nobutaka Machimura, had demanded an apology from China, and his Chinese counterpart had pointedly refused.