Li: China wants sta­bil­ity with Ja­pan

Tenor of re­la­tion­ship should not fluc­tu­ate, pre­mier tells busi­ness del­e­ga­tion in Bei­jing

China Daily (Canada) - - XI’S VISITS - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­

China is will­ing to work with Ja­pan to push for­ward the de­vel­op­ment of sta­ble, long-term ties, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang said onWed­nes­day.

Though the China-Ja­pan re­la­tion­ship is be­ing im­proved, Li told a Ja­panese busi­ness del­e­ga­tion in Bei­jing, both sides have to face the re­al­ity that there are some dif­fi­cul­ties.

The na­tions should make ef­forts to pre­vent the fluc­tu­a­tion of ties to cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for both sides and main­tain the peace and sta­bil­ity of North­east Asia, Li said.

The del­e­ga­tion of 220 busi­ness lead­ers from 65 Ja­panese com­pa­nies was led by Shoji Mu­neoka, chair­man of the Ja­pan-China Eco­nomic As­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has or­ga­nized such trips an­nu­ally since 1975.

Li told the del­e­ga­tion that en­trepreneurs should play an im­por­tant role in im­prov­ing ties, and­he­hope­dthat the busi­ness lead­ers would push the China-Ja­pan­re­la­tion­ship in the right di­rec­tion.

The pre­mier also out­lined China’s eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion, gov­ern­ment ef­forts in up­grad­ing the eco­nomic struc­ture and pos­si­ble co­op­er­a­tion with Ja­pan to de­velop new mar­kets in other coun­tries.

Someof the del­e­ga­tion­mem­bers ex­pressed con­cerns over the de­cline in Ja­panese in­vest­ment in­China andChina’s poli­cies for for­eign in­vestors.

Mu­neoka said he has no­ticed that the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment is us­ing mar­ket mech­a­nisms to re­solve the prob­lem of ex­cess pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity.

Hu Zu­cai, vice-min­is­ter of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, who met with the del­e­ga­tion on Tues­day, said that China is try­ing to achieve eco­nomic growth with tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, and that China is will­ing to co­op­er­ate with Ja­panese com­pa­nies, ac­cord­ing to Ky­odo News Agency.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe on Sun­day in Seoul, Li urged Ja­pan to prop­erly tackle the is­sue of his­tory “in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner” and to “un­der­take pos­i­tive poli­cies to­ward China”.

Li made calls for “nur­tur­ing mu­tual trust” and “deep­en­ing prag­matic ex­change­sand­co­op­er­a­tion” dur­ing the meet­ing.

It is hoped that Ja­pan will “fully per­ceive the great sen­si­tiv­ity, tan­gi­bly honor its solemn com­mit­ments made so far, ef­fec­tively face his­tory squarely and re­flect on it, and prop­erly tackle the rel­e­vant is­sue in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner”, he said.

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