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  • METI Minister Seko Had Meetings with Mr. Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce, of the People's Republic of China, and Mr. He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission

METI Minister Seko Had Meetings with Mr. Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce, of the People's Republic of China, and Mr. He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission

On Wednesday, May 9, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry had meetings with Mr. Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce, and Mr. He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, who officially visited Japan to attend the Japan-China-ROK Trilateral summit.

1. Meeting with Mr. Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce

  • Both sides shared the awareness that it is important to advance a broad range of cooperation and to increase economic exchanges between the two countries.
  • Minister Seko stated that Japan firstly respects free and open trade based on rules and it is necessary to eliminate market-distorting measures that are the root cause of exchange of trade restrictions worldwide.
  • Also, both sides exchanged opinions on the advancement of negotiations regarding Japan-China-Republic of Korea FTA and RCEP.
  • Both sides decided to establish the Japan-China Services Trade Cooperation Mechanism as a part of Japan-China cooperation in the service industry in order to develop a favorable environment for trade and investment in services and to facilitate investment and mutual cooperation in this field. At the following Japan-China summit meeting, Minister Seko and Minister Zhong Shan signed the Memorandum on the Strengthening of Cooperation in Service Trade)
  • Regarding business cooperation in third countries, both sides exchanged opinions for the purpose of providing opportunities for discussions among related parties in the public and private sectors with the aim of promoting business expansion of Japanese and Chinese companies in third countries. At the following Japan-China summit meeting, Minister Seko, jointly with Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, signed the Memorandum on the Private-Sector Economic Cooperation in Third Countries between Japan and China with Chairman He Lifeng and Minister Zhong Shan.
  • Minister Seko pointed out the necessity to develop business environments, including IP-related legislation, and both sides reached a consensus to continue deliberations at the ministerial level.

2. Meeting with Mr. He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission

  • Both sides decided to establish the Japan-China Service Industry Cooperation Mechanism as a part of Japan-China cooperation in the service industry in order to promote cooperation in the areas of the service industry such as elderly care and support and education through exchanges views of macropolicies. At the following Japan-China summit meeting, Minister Seko and Chairman He Lifeng signed the Memorandum on the Development of Cooperation in the Services Industry).
  • Minister Seko also mentioned his intention, based on the Mechanism, to hold a symposium on Eldarly Care and Support as early as the end of 2018in Beijing and Chairman He Lifeng showed a positive stance.
  • Regarding business cooperation in third countries, both sides exchanged opinions for providing opportunities for discussions among related parties in the public and private sectors with the aim of promoting business expansion of Japanese and Chinese companies in third countries. At the following Japan-China summit meeting, METI Minister Seko, jointly with Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, signed the Memorandum on the Private-Sector Economic Cooperation in Third Countries between Japan and China with Chairman He Lifeng and Minister Zhong Shan.
  • Additionally, both sides exchanged opinions on LNG cooperation among Japan, China and the Republic of Korea, and the holding of the Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environment Forum.

Release date

May 10, 2018

Division in Charge

Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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