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    president<--> Prime Minister

    FIRST came the “ice-breaking”, then the “ice-melting”. Now, comes the “cherry-blossom viewing”, admittedly late in the season. A succession of reciprocal visits by the two countries’ leaders have taken Sino-Japanese relations out of the cooler over the past 20 months. On Tuesday May 6th Hu Jintao began a state visit, the first trip to Japan by a Chinese president in a decade; at five days, it will also be the longest for Mr Hu. Before meeting his counterpart, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, he predicted an “everlasting warm spring” between the two countries.
    Hello, I think the word of " counterpart" is not appropriate partly. In Japan, the paramount is the Japan emperor, though who is not functionally involved into politics while the position of president in China is the paramount. What do you think of the word-counterpart? Thank you!

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    Re: president<--> Prime Minister

    counterpart, a person or thing closely resembling another, esp. in function. Ex: Our president is the counterpart of your prime minister. counterpart - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Japan has an emperor, Emperor Akihito, and a prime minsiter, PM Yasuo Fukuda (See the UK).


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    Good evening, Soup.

    Thanks for locating the explanation for me.

    Another question, Who is China's premier counterpart in Britain? The concept of premier in China is totally different from Canada's premier who is the top leader of a province. In China, A premier is the chairperson of the State Council.

    It might be a bit difficult to compare them since two countries' political organizations are different. If you know, please tell me. If not, it is okay for me. Thanks again.

    Here's an interpretation from Wikipedia.
    The State Council , which is largely synonymous with the Central People's Government , is the chief administrative authority of the People's Republic of China. It is chaired by the Premier and includes the heads of each governmental department and agency. There are about 50 members in the Council. In the politics of the People's Republic of China, the Central People's Government forms one of three interlocking branches of power, the others being the Communist Party of China and the People's Liberation Army. The State Council directly oversees the various subordinate People's Governments in the provinces, and in practice maintains an interlocking membership with the top levels of the Communist Party of China creating a fused center of power.


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    Re: president<--> Prime Minister

    The Premier of China is equivalent to the Queen and the Emperor of Japan, but also has equivalencies with the Prime Minister.

    There are two positions here: Head of State = the Queen, and Head of Government = the Prime Minister.

    However, both queen and emperor are constitutional monarchs, which means that they do not take part in parliamentary and governmental activities except in an advisory and informational role.

    Therefore any matter of political business will mean that the Premier [or his nominated representative] will deal with the Prime Minister [or nominated representative]. But if he travels to visit the countries concerned on a State Visit, he will be greeted by the Heads of State [queen and emperor] as being himself a Head of State.

    Hope this has not totally confused you!

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    Re: president<--> Prime Minister

    Hi Anglika,

    Thanks for your answer.


    The Premier of China is equivalent to the Queen and the Emperor of Japan, but also has equivalencies with the Prime Minister.
    I beg to differ at this point. In China, the paramount is the president. And the head of government is premier of China. China's constitution is republic.

    Head of State = the president;

    Head of Government = the Premier of China


    There are two positions here: Head of State = the Queen, and Head of Government = the Prime Minister.
    So president = (similar partly) Queen, Premier of China = (similar to ) Prime Minister

    But the president of China is actively involved into all political activities.

    So, I think the application of the counterpart is not very accurate in the paragraph I quoted in Post #1.

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    Re: president<--> Prime Minister

    Hi thedaffodils

    Both Hu Jintao (President) and Yasuo Fukuda (Prime Minister) occupy the highest state office, and hence are counterparts in that respect.


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    Re: president<--> Prime Minister

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi thedaffodils

    Both Hu Jintao (President) and Yasuo Fukuda (Prime Minister) occupy the highest state office, and hence are counterparts in that respect.

    Thanks a lot for the Wikipedia links and your answer again.

    Have a good one!

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