Japan, China agree on dangers of trade war for global economy
China and Japan have warned against the serious repercussion of a trade war for the global economy, calling for joint efforts to protect multilateral trade systems amid economic frictions between Beijing and Washington.
According to reports, at a meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, in Tokyo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the two economic powerhouses should jointly oppose trade protectionism and work to bolster an open world economy, according to a statement released by China’s Foreign Ministry.
Wang is the first Chinese foreign minister in nearly a decade to visit Japan for high-level economic negotiations between the world’s second and third economies. Kono had made his own official visit to Beijing earlier this year.
The top Japanese diplomat also said after the talks that both sides see eye to eye on the dangers of a trade war for the world’s economic system.
“We have shared understanding that a trade war, no matter which country has brought it about, would have a very large impact on the prosperity of the international economy,” Kano said.
The comments come as global financial markets remain rife with fears of a full-blown US-China trade war, which could rattle global trade and economic growth.
The tensions have seen the US slap a series of tariffs on goods imported from China, prompting retaliatory measures from Beijing.
The two officials further discussed ways to ameliorate Tokyo-Beijing ties, which have significantly deteriorated in recent years over territorial disputes as well as tensions surrounding the Korean Peninsula.
“It is quite possible that Japan cooperates with China on various (Belt and Road) projects on a case by case basis where international standards are met,” Kono said.
Wang said both countries are “standing at new starting points to discuss future cooperation that will, I hope, lead to fresh economic growth for both nations.”
Tokyo and Beijing also reiterated their commitment to UN resolutions aimed at persuading North Korea to stop its military nuclear program, according to Kano.