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Premier Li: China ready to further tap cooperation potential with Japan


China is ready to support businesses in China and Japan to enhance cooperation in multiple areas and welcomes enterprises from all countries, including Japan, to continue investing in China, Premier Li Qiang said on Thursday.

Premier Li made the remarks when meeting with a Japanese business delegation visiting China, led by Chairman of the Japan Business Federation Masakazu Tokura, Chairman of the Japan-China Economic Association Kosei Shindo, and Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ken Kobayashi.

Noting that China-Japan relations are at a crucial stage of carrying on the past heritage and opening up the future, Li urged the business circles of the two countries to stay committed to the right direction of peace, friendship and cooperation and bring China-Japan relations back to the track of sound development.

"The economies of China and Japan are deeply integrated, and economic and trade cooperation plays an important role as the ballast and propeller of bilateral relations," said Li, adding China is ready to continue to share development opportunities, support enterprises of the two countries to strengthen cooperation in scientific and technological innovation, digital economy, green development, medical care and elderly care, jointly ensure stable and smooth running of industrial and supply chains, and achieve complementarity of a higher level and win-win results.

Adhering to the basic state policy of opening up, China will continue to pare the negative list for foreign investment, fully implement the lifting of restrictions on foreign investment in the manufacturing sector, protect the national treatment of foreign enterprises and work to build a market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment, said the premier.

He expressed the hope that Japan will provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for Chinese enterprises in Japan.

Noting that China's economy has maintained sound and stable development, a representative of the Japanese delegation said Japan is willing to work with China to deepen cooperation in areas such as economy and trade, environmental protection, green economy and health, facilitate personnel exchanges to advance regional economic cooperation and make positive contributions to the development of Japan-China relations, as well as peace and prosperity in Asia and the world at large.

(With input from Xinhua)

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