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Japan-China CEO Summit stresses friendship and cooperation

  • December 22, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 7
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On Dec. 21, the Japan-China CEO Summit was held online in Tokyo, and business-sector representatives exchanged opinions on economic developments in their two countries. While the summit emphasized the friendship between the nations, Japanese corporations have been increasingly wary recently of latent business risks due to China’s human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and elsewhere, an issue which has been drawing global attention.

 

The summit was co-sponsored by the Japan Business Federation [Keidanren] and a Chinese government-backed think tank. The summit was originally started at the initiative of former Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo six years ago. Since then, it has covered such topics as Japan-China economic partnership that includes third parties. This year, Keidanren Chair Tokura Masakazu and 20 or so others attended the meeting. Huawei executives and others joined from the Chinese side.

 

“Japan and the United States cannot decouple from China in economic activities, while China cannot prosper without Japan, the United States, and its Asian neighbors,” said Fukuda in his opening remarks, “Mutual cooperation and coordination should take precedence, and each country should make efforts to improve itself.” The meeting participants discussed four topics, including COVID-19 countermeasures, and issued a joint statement, pledging “to continue an open and earnest dialogue to build deeper ties of trust.”

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