Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press) — Japan and China will hold a ministerial economic dialogue meeting in Beijing later in April to discuss measures to expand bilateral investments, it was learned Friday.
At the high-level meeting, the two countries will confirm improvement in their economic relations ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan in June.
On Wednesday, the two sides held a vice minister-class meeting in Beijing to discuss cooperation in the areas of financial transactions and environment and measures to strengthen intellectual property protection.
Through the talks, the participants made preparations for the fifth meeting within the framework of the two countries’ high-level economic dialogue.
At the forthcoming meeting, promoting private-sector cooperation and easing restrictions on imports of agricultural products from Japan are expected to be on the agenda.
Amid growing worries about a slowdown in Asian economies due to U.S.-China trade friction, Japan and China hope to strengthen cooperation on innovation and infrastructure development through public-private collaboration.
The two countries launched the economic dialogue framework in 2007 and held three rounds of talks by 2010. The dialogue was resumed in April 2018 after a break caused by a deterioration in bilateral relations over the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, claimed by China.