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Last Updated: Friday, 13 April 2007, 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK
In pictures: Wen visit to Japan

Wen Jiabao at a welcoming dinner in Osaka on 13 April 2007

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao wrapped up a landmark three-day "ice-warming" trip to Japan by declaring it a success.

Wen Jiabao practises tai chi in a Japanese park on 12 April 2007

Despite past and present tensions between the two nations, Mr Wen struck a friendly, down-to-earth tone during his visit.

Wen Jiabao drinks Japanese green tea in Kyoto on 13 April 2007

On his last day he visited the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, and took part in a traditional tea drinking ceremony.

Wen Jiabao plays baseball at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto on 13 April 2007

He also played baseball with a university team, wearing the number 35 to signify the number of years Sino-Japanese ties have been established.

Japanese farmer Yoshikazu Nagahama (left) helps Wen Jiabao plant tomato seeds at a park in Kyoto on 13 April 2007

Another stop on his visit was a farm, where he helped farmer Yoshikazu Nagahama plant tomato seedlings.

Wen Jiabao lays flowers at a memorial to former Chinese PM Zhou Enlai on 13 April 2007

He also laid flowers at a memorial in Kyoto to the former Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, who studied in Japan between 1917 and 1919.

Wen Jiabao (left) and Shinzo Abe shake hands at the start of talks on 12 April 2007

The focus of the trip has been on friendship, and greater collaboration on issues such as trade, North Korea and disputed waters in the East China Sea.

Wen Jiabao meets schoolchildren on a visit to Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto on 13 April 2007

Despite his upbeat talk, Mr Wen admitted ongoing tensions between the two countries would not be solved overnight.

Wen Jiabao delivering his speech to the Diet on 12 April 2007

In a speech to the Diet - a first for a Chinese PM - he urged the Japanese not to forget the aggressions of their troops in many parts of Asia during WWII.

Video camera monitor shows Wen Jiabao delivering his speech to the Diet on 12 April 2007

While calling for concrete action on the issue, Mr Wen also acknowledged the atrocities were the work of a few militarist leaders and that many Japanese were also war victims.

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