Japan is an important neighbor of the People's Republic of China. The China-Japan relationship is one of the most important bilateral relationships for both sides. The two countries are building a strategic relationship of mutual benefit. The China-Japan relationship went through ups and downs in 2010. The bilateral relationship maintained a sound momentum of growth for a period of time from the beginning of 2010. However, Japan illegally arrested and detained Chinese fishermen and a fishing vessel in September, causing negative impacts on the China-Japan relationship. Leaders of the two countries had meetings and contacts after the settlement of the incident and reached important agreements, which pushed the bilateral relations for improvement. The Chinese government attached great importance to its relations with Japan and upheld the policy of seeking good-neighborly and friendly relations with Japan. China was ready to work with Japan to enhance exchanges and cooperation in various fields, properly handle relevant issues and promote the sound and stable development of the China-Japan strategic relationship of mutual benefit based on the principles enshrined in the four political documents between China and Japan and the agreement of leaders of the two coutries.
Steady progress was made in economic cooperation and trade.
In 2010, bilateral trade between China and Japan increased drastically. According to the statistics of Japan, China overtook the United States for the first time to become the largest destination for Japan's exports in 2009. In 2010, Japan's foreign direct investment in China amounted to US$4.24 billion. By the end of 2010, Japan had invested in over 43,000 projects in China and paid in US$72.78 billion.
( Last Update: 2011/08/22) fmprc.gov.cn