BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Commerce Minister
Chen Deming said China and Japan would seek closer cooperation in dealing with
the world economic downturn at the second China-Japan high-level economic
dialogue on Tuesday.
At the meeting, scheduled for June 7 in Tokyo, the
two sides would discuss energy conservation, environmental protection, finance,
agriculture, trade and investment, intellectual property, information and
communication, as well as disaster prevention and relief, said Chen.
The two countries would seek to reach concrete
agreement and sign documents of cooperation.
China was willing to work with Japan to tackle the
economic downturn by making use of each other's market resources, said Chen.
China hoped they could jointly fight trade
protectionism, stabilize the Asian market, and facilitate mutual trade and
cooperation in multi-lateral trade negotiations, said Chen.
Cooperation in key areas of technology trade, food
safety and energy conservation should be strengthened, said Chen.
Chen also called for regional cooperation and
coordination in multi-lateral economic activities.
The dialogue will be co-chaired by Chinese Vice
Premier Wang Qishan and Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone.
The mechanism was jointly launched by Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao and then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during Wen's trip to
Japan in April 2007.
The first China-Japan high-level economic dialogue
was held in Beijing, China's capital, in December 2007.