Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Seven Japanese Ministers Heading to China on Saturday

Seven members of Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan's cabinet are expected to attend the Third Japan-China High-Level Economic Dialogue this weekend in Beijing.

The cabinet-rank Japanese officials expected to be in attendance are Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Agriculture Minister Masahiko Yamada, METI Minister Masayuki Naoshima, Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa, Financial Services Minister Shozaburo Jimi, and Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Satoshi Arai.

The Chinese delegation will include a similar list of high officials headed by Vice-Premier of the State Council Wang Qishan (A buddy of Geithner).

Trade in rare metals is one of the key issues Japan hopes to discuss with China, according to Agence France-Presse.

Tokyo would like to see Beijing expand, not restrict, its exports of rare earth minerals essential for making components for computers, mobile phones and low-carbon emission autos. Good luck with that.

Japanese government officials also hope to discuss intellectual property rights and recent labour disputes in China.

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