Senior leader Deng Xiaoping welcomed Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita of Japan Friday and said his visit to China will lift relations between the two countries to a new level.

The meeting in the Great Hall of the People came a day after Takeshita announced Japan will provide $6.4 billion in credit for Chinese development projects from 1990 to 1995.Takeshita held extensive talks with Premier Li Peng shortly after his arrival on a six-day visit Thursday, and also met Friday with President Yang Shangkun and Communist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang.

Deng said he was enthusastic about cooperation between the two nations.