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METI Minister Kajiyama Visits the People’s Republic of China

December 22, 2019

On December 22 (Sun.), 2019, the 12th Japan-China-ROK Economic and Trade Ministers’ Meeting was held in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the meeting, and taking this opportunity, he held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Mr. Zhong Shan, Minister of Commerce, China.

  1. On December 22 (Sun.), 2019, the 12th Japan-China-ROK Economic and Trade Ministers’ Meeting was held in Beijing, China. The meeting brought together Minister Kajiyama as a representative of Japan, Minister Zhong, as a representative of China, and H.E. Mr. Sung Yun-mo, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, as a representative of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The ministers held discussions on RCEP, Japan-China-ROK FTA, trilateral cooperation in the digital economy and other fields and issues, and following this, they adopted a joint media statement (see the Appendix).
  2. Regarding RCEP, Minister Kajiyama emphasized the importance of 16 countries’ engagement in solving important issues of India, and the ministers agreed that the three countries will make further efforts based on the Joint Leader’s Statement released in November 2019. Regarding the Japan-China-ROK FTA,  they confirmed that, building on RCEP, the countries will cooperate to realize a comprehensive, high-quality and mutually beneficial FTA with its own value.
  3. Moreover, the ministers affirmed trilateral cooperation in WTO negotiations for e-commerce and other fields in order to accelerate international rule making for the digital economy.
  1. At the meeting with Minister Zhong, the two sides held discussions on: Japan-China cooperation in markets in third countries toward the visit of H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of China, to Japan in the spring of 2020; advancement of specific cooperation, e.g., enhancement of dialogues in the field of steel; improvement of business environments in China, and other issues, in addition to the abovementioned subjects.

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Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau

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