BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- At the invitation of the Japanese side, Wan Gang, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, will attend the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the representative of the Chinese government, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Friday.
Noting China and Japan both are neighbors and important countries in the region, Wang Wenbin, the spokesperson, said to maintain and develop friendly and cooperative relations between China and Japan serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples.
Wang said as a responsible major country, China has made contributions to regional and world peace, stability and prosperity, which is witnessed by all.
"We hope that Japan will abide by the principles set out in the four China-Japan political documents, work with China in the same direction and jointly build a China-Japan relationship that meets the needs of the new era," Wang added. ■