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Li Keqiang Meets with Japanese Government Officials Attending the 5th China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue

On April 15, 2019, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with Foreign Minister Taro Kono of Japan and some other cabinet members of the Japanese government who were in China for the 5th China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue.

Li Keqiang expressed that China and Japan are important close neighbors. Since last year, through joint efforts of the two sides, bilateral relations have returned to the right track and achieved new development. On the basis of the principles enshrined in the four China-Japan political documents, the two sides should promote the long-term, healthy and stable development of bilateral relations in the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking into the future.

Li Keqiang congratulated on the successful holding of the 5th China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue, and stressed that since both China and Japan are the world's major economies, strengthening cooperation is not only in the interests of the two countries but also conducive to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and world at large. As both sides support free trade and abide by the rules of the World Trade Organization, we should work together to create a fair, equitable and non-discriminatory business environment for each other's companies. The Chinese side will unswervingly deepen reform and expand opening up, and Japanese companies are welcome to expand investment in China.

Li Keqiang pointed out that China and Japan announced the establishment of the China-Japan Innovative Cooperation Mechanism last year, and the first meeting of the mechanism was already held successfully. It is hoped that the two countries can enhance cooperation in the area of innovation for more practical outcomes, and expand cooperation in finance, third-party market and tourism. The Chinese side also stands ready to work with the Japanese side and other relevant parties to promote the negotiation process of the China-Japan-Republic of Korea free trade area and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to create greater opportunities for the common development of regional countries. The Chinese side supports the Japanese side in well hosting the G20 Osaka Summit this year, and is willing to work together with various parties to promote the reform of global economic governance to inject new impetus into the world economy.

Taro Kono and other Japanese officials expressed that the Japanese Prime Minister and the Chinese Premier exchanged visits last year, bringing bilateral relations back to the normal track. China-Japan High-level Economic Dialogue has achieved fruitful outcomes and both sides have held the first meeting of the China-Japan Innovative Cooperation Mechanism. These exchanges vigorously promoted Japan-China relations featuring mutually beneficial cooperation in the new era. The Japanese side stands ready to, together with the Chinese side, enhance cooperation and exchanges in areas such as innovation, finance, environmental protection, hydrogen-energy, tourism, youth, smart city and the third-party market, deepen communication and coordination in multilateral areas and promote the RCEP negotiation to achieve positive progress within this year.

State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the meeting.

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