China is ready to expand farm imports from Japan: Premier Li

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sapporo on May 11.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Sapporo on May 11.

SAPPORO, May. 12 —China is ready to expand agricultural imports from Japan, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, when he made a 3-day visit to Japan that ended May 11.

“China would like to import more safe and high-quality agricultural products from Japan,” Li said.

The Chinese premier attended the Japan-China Governors’ Forum with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 11 in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido.

Li cited Hokkaido’s modern agricultural technology and said: “China also want to boost cooperation with Hokkaido in the agriculture sector.”

The forum was organized by Japan’s National Governors Association. Japanese governors from 6 prefectures including Hokkaido and Yamagata, and 12 Chinese provincial governors attended the forum.

Li also pointed out this year marks the 40th anniversary of Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship, and called for deepening bilateral cooperation in innovation and high-tech industries.

Abe stressed that local exchanges between the two countries provide a driving force to vitalize local economies and create resilient societies.

Abe accepted Li’s invitation to visit China at an appropriate time.

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