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Japan, China panel to discuss infrastructure projects in third countries on Sept. 25

  • September 7, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Several sources on Japan-China diplomacy revealed that the Japanese and Chinese governments have decided to hold the first meeting of their joint government-private sector committee on infrastructure construction projects by private companies of both countries in third countries in Beijing on Sept. 25. They plan to come up with concrete cooperation proposals ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to China in late October.

 

The joint committee is headed by Hiroto Izumi, special advisor to the prime minister, on the Japanese side and consists of over 100 companies and officials of the Foreign Ministry. Vice Commerce Minister Gao Yan and other officials will participate from the Chinese side.

 

An agreement was reached on launching this joint committee during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Japan last May, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative to build a major economic sphere in mind.

 

Dozens of possible projects for bilateral cooperation have emerged, including development assistance to Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor Plan to create a special economic zone in eastern Thailand and solar power generation projects in third countries. The Japanese government wants to identify economically viable projects and ensure their transparency through discussions with China.

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