On August 30, the 8th Meeting of the China-Japan Vice-Minister Dialogue on Agriculture was held in Tokyo, Japan. Vice Minister Qu Dongyu and Hiroyuki Suematsu, Japanese Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, respectively led a delegation to attend the meeting and exchanged in-depth views on agricultural and fisheries policies as well as bilateral agricultural cooperation between China and Japan. The two sides also had a frank exchange of views on some issues and reached broad consensus on cooperation in areas such as protection of new plant varieties, prevention and control of cross-border animal epidemics, fisheries and agricultural technology as well as pesticide management and the agenda of the China-Japan-Korea Agricultural Ministers’ Meeting to be held in the second half of the year. At the same time, the Memorandum on Establishment of the Regular Vice-Minister Level Dialogue Between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan was signed.
According to Qu, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the singing of the Sino-Japanese Treaty of Peace and Friendship as well as China's reform and opening-up. The two sides boast many opportunities for development and cooperation. The Chinese side would like to strengthen the bilateral agricultural cooperation with Japan, and promote multilateral cooperation in international organizations such as Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization so as to explore the possibility of developing trilateral cooperation.
Mr. Hiroyuki Suematsu fully agreed with Qu and expressed that the Japanese side would continue to promote the sustained development of Japan-China agricultural cooperation.
During his visit to Japan, Qu also conducted a field study on the sixth-sector industrialization of Japanese agriculture, rural development, and land rehabilitation.