November 26, 2018
From November 24 (Sat.) to 25 (Sun.), 2018, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Beijing, the People’s Republic of China, to attend the 12th Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environment Forum.
Taking this opportunity, Minister Seko held a meeting with H.E. Mr. He Lifeng, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
1. Summarized results of the forum
On November 25 (Sun.), 2018, the 12th Japan-China Energy Conservation and Environment Forum was held in Beijing. The forum brought together over 800 stakeholders from the public and private sectors in both countries, including Minister Seko, Mr. Shoji Muneoka, Chairman of the Japan-China Economic Association, and other officials from the Japanese side, as well as Chairman Lifeng, H.E. Mr. Zhang Yong, Vice Chairman of NDRC, H.E. Mr. Qian Keming, Vice Minister of Commerce, and other officials from the Chinese side.
Memorandums for establishment of 24 new cooperation projects were exchanged at the forum (see the Appendix attached to the Japanese language press release). With these exchanges, the number of such projects has come to 362 since the inauguration of the forum in 2006.
At the plenary session, Minister Seko stated that the forum this year should place priority on the utilization of hydrogen energy and countermeasures against marine plastic waste issues as global issues, and spoke on the importance of enriching discussions on harmonization of regulations and standards concerning hydrogen energy among the public and private sectors under the framework of the Japan-China energy dialogues, and facilitating cooperation activities between Japan and China on the marine plastic waste issue such as sharing zero emission in processing plastics and developing biodegradable plastics.
2. Meeting between Minister Seko and Chairman Lifeng, NDRC
On November 25 (Sun.), 2018, Minister Seko held a meeting with Chairman Lifeng, NDRC.
Both sides exchanged views concerning economic policies in general, development of cooperation projects in markets in third countries, and acceleration of preparation for convening dialogues on cooperation in innovation, in addition to opinions on the cooperation in the fields of energy and the environment mentioned above.
Division in Charge
- Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau
- International Affairs Office, Policy Planning Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy