China, Japan seek closer economic, trade ties
JAPAN: Visiting Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming met here on
Sunday with his Japanese counterpart Toshihiro Nikai on various economic
and trade issues and reached broad consensus on future cooperation.
During their talks, the two ministers exchanged of views on such
issues as cooperation on the protection of intellectual property, the
promotion of the WTO Doha Round negotiation and the prevention of trade
Chen said that with joint efforts from both sides, a favorable
pattern with all-dimentional, in-depth and mutually beneficial and
complementary features has been developed in China-Japan economic and
Faced with the grave challenges posed by the global financial crisis,
the two countries need to made joint efforts to turn the “ crisis” into
an “opportunity”, prevent the spread of trade protectionism, advance the
WTO Doha Round negotiation and make positive contributions to Asia’s
economic stability and the world economic recovery, said Chen.
Nikai, for his part, voiced his hope that the two sides will take
concrete steps in a concerted effort to create a favorable commercial
environment for enterprises of both countries to conduct cooperation in
areas such as trade and investment.
He said that Japan and China also need to further boost multilateral
as well as regional economic cooperation to jointly tackle the financial
Before their meeting, the two sides signed a memorandum on exchanges
and cooperation on the protection of intellectual property between
Chinese Commerce Ministry and Japanese Ministry of Economy, trade and
Chen is a key member of the Chinese delegation headed by Chinese Vice
Premier Wang Qishan, who arrived here Saturday to attend the second
China-Japan high-level economic dialogue.
The dialogue, co-chaired by Wang and Japanese Foreign Minister
Hirofumi Nakasone, opened Sunday in the wake of the ministerial meeting.
The dialogue mechanism, first held in Beijing in December 2007, was
jointly launched by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and then Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe during Wen’s trip to Japan in April 2007.