Japan and China will hold working-level talks Monday in Beijing over emergency curbs that Japan has imposed on three farm products imported mainly from China, the Agriculture Ministry said Friday.
The meeting will come a day before trade chief Takeo Hiranuma and his Chinese counterpart, Shi Guangsheng, meet in Shanghai.
Hiranuma and Shi are to focus on preparing for the upcoming gathering of trade ministers from Pacific Rim economies Wednesday and Thursday, but Hiranuma is expected to add a few words to call on China to resolve bilateral issues through dialogue, the officials said.
On Monday, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Foreign Ministry will meet with officials from China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.
The talks will mark the first time for the Trade and Foreign ministries to participate in the debate.
The Japanese side will try to gain China’s acceptance of the curbs imposed in April on stone leeks, shiitake and rushes used in tatami mats.
Under the curbs, effective for 200 days beginning April 23, higher tariffs will be imposed if imports exceed quotas allocated to importers.
The Japanese side will explain how the temporary curbs are in line with World Trade Organization rules that allow a country to stem imports in order to protect domestic industries from heightened foreign competition, officials from the Agriculture Ministry said.
Japan will not, however, be issuing any specific proposals on the matter, they said, adding that the talks will not address import inspections that both countries have intensified.
Japan has slowed the volume of imports shipped into the country by testing a greater quantity of goods.
The move has provoked complaints from the United States, China and South Korea.
China has meanwhile strengthened its quarantine measures on Japanese shipments, a measure widely regarded as retaliation for the emergency tariffs.
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