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Vice-premier hopes Japanese business circle to help improve ties

Updated: Sep 22,2016 7:22 AM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (2nd R) meets with a large Japanese business delegation headed by Chair of the Japan Business Federation Sadayuki Sakakibara, President of the Japan-China Association on Economy and Trade Shoji Muneoka, and Chair of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Akio Mimura in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 21, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli on Sept 21 called for more contributions from Japan’s business community in deepening economic ties and improving relations.

“Japan’s business community has always advocated and promoted friendly cooperation between the two countries,” Zhang said while meeting a large business delegation from Japan in Beijing.

The delegation was headed by Chair of the Japan Business Federation Sadayuki Sakakibara, President of the Japan-China Association on Economy and Trade Shoji Muneoka, and Chair of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Akio Mimura.

Zhang welcomed the visit of Japan’s three major economic organizations and spoke highly of the role of Japanese business community in promoting exchanges and cooperation.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (C front) meets with a large Japanese business delegation headed by Chair of the Japan Business Federation Sadayuki Sakakibara, President of the Japan-China Association on Economy and Trade Shoji Muneoka, and Chair of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Akio Mimura in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 21, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reached an important consensus on improving and developing China-Japan relations during the 11th G20 summit early this month, said Zhang.

He urged the two sides to abide by the principles defined in the four political documents and the four-point principled agreement reached between the two countries.

The two sides should develop their relations in the spirit of taking history as a mirror and looking forward to the future, stick to the main direction of peace, friendship and cooperation, and properly deal with sensitive issues in bilateral ties, he said.

Japanese business leaders hoped that the two nations could maintain a sound and stable relationship.

They expressed interests in strengthening cooperation with Chinese businesses on technology, intelligent manufacturing, medical care, energy conservation and environmental protection.

They also voiced the willingness of making contribution to economic and trade cooperation as well as the improvement of relations.

The Japanese delegation was invited by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

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