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Japan wants more access to the Chinese market – and the US-China trade war might help

2019-04-14 10:49:00       source:South China Morning Post

April 14, 2019

Japanese officials will hold talks with Beijing this weekend to demand more access to the Chinese market, and their case could be aided by pressure from US President Donald Trump.

The delegation headed by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will meet China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, for a high-level economic dialogue in Beijing on Sunday.

A diplomatic source involved in planning the meeting said its timing could work in Tokyo’s favour. They said protracted trade talks with the US had put China under more pressure to offer concessions to other powers – like Japan and the European Union – that shared similar concerns to Washington over market access but did not support Trump’s protectionist approach.

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