Tokyo: Seven Japanese ministers will visit
China to take part in a high-level economic dialogue between
the two countries slated for Saturday in Beijing, government
officials have said.
Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Chinese Vice
Premier Wang Qishan will co-chair the economic ministerial
meeting, which is expected to take up the global economy as
well as bilateral cooperation and challenges in areas of
intellectual property rights, environment, energy and Japanese
visa issuance conditions.
The high-level dialogue will be the third of its kind
following the first session in December 2007 in Beijing and
the second one in June last year in Tokyo.
From Japan, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries Minister Masahiko Yamada, Economy,
Trade and Industry Minister Masayuki Naoshima, Environment
Minister Sakihito Ozawa, Financial Services Minister Shozaburo
Jimi and Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Satoshi Arai
will participate in the talks.
Senior vice ministers from the Internal Affairs and
Communications Ministry and the Land, Infrastructure,
Transport and Tourism Ministry will also join the dialogue.
From China, representatives will include Foreign Minister
Yang Jiechi, Finance Minister Xie Xuren and Commerce Minister
The ministers are scheduled to hold bilateral talks with
their counterparts Saturday morning before a plenary session.
Following the dialogue, Okada and Wang are expected to hold a
joint press conference, government officials said yesterday.
On Sunday, the Japanese ministers are scheduled to pay a
courtesy call on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.