On the morning of May 15, 2017, Zeng Peiyan, Chairman of CCIEE, met with Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary-General of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, and Sakakibara Sadayuki, Chairman of Japan Business Federation. Wei Jianguo, Vice-Chairman of CCIEE, and other Japanese delegates were also present at the meeting.
Zeng Peiyan spoke highly of Toshihiro Nikai’s continuous efforts to improve the China-Japan relationship, saying that the relationship has obtained continuous improvement since China and Japan reached consensus on the four principles in 2014. In particular, there have been more exchanges between the two countries during last year and this year. Despite the small decrease in the bilateral trade between China and Japan, there has been a two-digit increase in the first four months of this year. Recently, China and Japan have re-launched the finance ministers meeting, which played a positive role in facilitating the negotiations of China-Japan-Korea FTA and RCEP. A sign of improvement in the China-Japan Relationship has merged and hopefully, this will continue.
Toshihiro Nikai is impressed by the progress the Belt and Road Initiative has made through participating in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. Moreover, he could feel that the China-Japan economic and trade relationship is moving in a positive direction. He hopes that the two side can work together to promote further improvement in the China-Japan relationship.
Zeng Peiyan pointed out that the non-governmental exchanges between China and Japan are very important. The international cooperation of the Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China, mainly reflects the principles of joint consultation, building and sharing, apart from improving regional economic development and infrastructure in countries along the belt and road region. China and Japan have strong industrial complementarities, especially, Japan has a great advantage in technology, capital and management, and therefore, it is mutually beneficial if Japan engages in the building of the Belt and Road. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan, and next year will be the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Having considered that, the two countries should carry out a wide range of non-governmental exchanges, especially to promote economic exchanges. CCIEE and Japan Business Federation organize dialogues between Chinese and Japanese entrepreneurs’ on a regular basis, and Chinese enterprises are very enthusiastic about this. The two organizations will make these dialogues more efficient and effective and allow them to play a positive role in promoting sound political development between the two countries.
Sakakibara Sadayuki congratulated China on hosting the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. He is satisfied with the outcome of the two rounds of China-Japan CEOs and Former Senior Officials’ Dialogue, hosted by CCIEE and Japan Business Federation. The joint statement released at the second China-Japan CEOs and Former Senior Officials Dialogue indicates that Chinese and Japanese companies should engage in the building of the Belt and Road, and conduct pragmatic cooperation in the key areas of infrastructure, trade and investment. Furthermore, the two organizations have had sound cooperation in energy-saving and environment protection, so far, two important events have been conducted. The China-Japan Green Expo is to be in Beijing this June, focusing on the exhibition of Japan’s environmental protection technology. In December, the 7th meeting of the China-Japan Energy-Saving and Environmental Protection Conference will be hosted in Tokyo, Japan.
The two sides also exchanged views on such issues as cooperation on environmental protection, industrial development, trade and investment as well as youth exchanges.