ties warming up like spring season
China-Japan relations are entering a warm
season just as spring follows winter, experts say.
President Hu Jintao's visit to
The book, to be published about one month
before Hu's visit, has many interesting anecdotes
from the Chinese premier's ice-thawing visit to
The interaction Wen
had with the
Duan Press chief editor Duan
Yuezhong told China Daily that the book shows the
other side of Wen, who has the ability to mix with
ordinary people in the most casual and mundane manners. And that is a genuine
and touching aspect of his character.
"For example, Wen
had his own sport suit for the baseball game, but when the university team's
coach gathered enough courage to ask the premier if he would like to wear the
one they had made for him, he accepted it," Duan
"The most interesting point is that the
coach couldn't speak Chinese. We don't even know how they communicated."
The name of the book comes from the number
on the jersey Wen wore, which initially sparked a
hot debate among Japanese Foreign Ministry officials.
"Number 8, which is most favored by the
Chinese, and numbers 6, 9 that symbolize good fortune had all been discussed.
Finally, the two countries agreed on No 35 (because) that represented the
35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese relations," the
Wen brought back the outfit to
Tokyo-based Koki International Company's
chairman Li Xiaoyan, who initiated the idea for the
book, said: "Premier Wen took part in the
baseball game with Japanese college students with sincerity. This is a
touching story beyond age, position, language and national boundaries."
After conducting interviews with a host
people for six months, the Japanese edition of the 140-page reportage was
published in December 2007, with its cover depicting a smiling Chinese
premier in baseball suit.
The response of readers has been
overwhelming, said Duan Yuezhong.
Many people bought this book as a New Year gift for friends and some schools
are even using it as a textbook to promote China-Japan cultural exchanges.
"The book has also been read widely by
officials of both the countries' foreign ministries, and the response from
them has been excellent," he said.