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OSAKA (Kyodo) Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wang Yi on Thursday called on Japan to launch negotiations with China on a bilateral free-trade agreement.

As trade between China and Japan has been expanding, trade liberalization would help boost the Japanese economy, he told a business seminar in Kobe.

Wang said China has taken a positive attitude on an FTA with Japan. China wants to see a positive response from Japan, he said.

The government has been cautious about concluding an FTA with China due to intellectual property rights problems.

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