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.