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The 19th Vice-Minister-Level Regular Consultation Held between METI and MOFCOM

December 9, 2019

On December 9 (Mon.), 2019, Mr. Tanaka Shigehiro, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and Mr. Li Chenggang, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), China, held a regular consultation at the vice-minister level at METI. The two sides held discussions on Japan-China cooperation and developing business environments at the global and regional levels. This was the 19th consultation, first inaugurated in 1990.

1. Japan-China cooperation and the development of business environments

The two sides agreed on advancement of cooperation in third country markets, cross-border EC, and trade in services as well as cooperation between regions. Following this, regarding the development of business environments, they held discussions on a variety of issues, including China’s policies for permitting entry of foreign investments, procedures for relocating or closing businesses, procurement, excess capacity and subsidies, cybersecurity, protection of intellectual property, and regulations over the imports of food produced in Japan.

2. Japan-China cooperation at the global and regional level

The two sides held discussions on efforts for WTO reform and outcomes that should be achieved at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) and also agreed that both Japan and China will strive to enhance collaboration in RCEP negotiations and Japan-China-ROK FTA negotiations.

3. Other issue

The two sides agreed to hold the next vice-minister-level regular consultation between METI and MOFCOM in China in 2020.

Division in Charge

Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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