Japan, China To Hold Economic Dialogue On Sunday

Japan, China to hold economic dialogue on Sunday

Japan will call on China to strengthen measures to protect intellectual property rights as the two countries hold a high-level economic dialogue in Beijing on Sunday.

Six Japanese cabinet ministers will attend the talks, including Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Economy and Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko, and Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii.

Japan and China held the dialogue in Tokyo in April 2018 for the first time in about eight years.

The Japanese participants plan to call on Beijing to step up its protection of intellectual property rights, including technologies owned by Japanese companies operating in China.

They will also ask China to lift an import ban on agricultural and other products from some parts of Japan. Beijing imposed it following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011.

The trade dispute between the United States and China and Beijing's Belt and Road initiative are also expected be on the agenda.

The Japanese government is seeking to promote economic cooperation with China to further improve bilateral ties and pave the way for Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Japan when a Group of 20 summit will be held in Osaka in June.