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A joint Japanese business delegation, including the country’s largest business lobby, arrived in Beijing on Sunday to hold talks with senior Chinese government officials and company executives to strengthen bilateral economic ties.

It is the first time that the three bodies — the Japan Business Federation, the country’s most influential economic lobby known as Keidanren, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Japan-China Economic Association — sent a joint delegation to China.

The delegation of around 200 business executives is led by Shoji Muneoka, head of the Japan-China Economic Association and chairman of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. The mission is due to stay in China until next Sunday.

“We want to ask Chinese government leaders about how the Chinese economy, which is closely linked to the Japanese economy, would make a soft landing to achieve stable growth,” Muneoka told reporters after arriving in Beijing.

Amid concerns of an economic slowdown in China, the Japanese side will urge China to resolve the issue of overproduction such as of steel and to invest more in Japan, Muneoka said.

Delegation officials hope to meet President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang during their stay in Beijing.

Last year, a delegation the Japan-China Economic Association sought to see Xi or Li but held talks with Vice Premier Wang Yang, who oversees international trade.

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