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China's Wen Urges New Phase In Trade With Japan

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao says China and Japan should face the global financial crisis together and create a new era in trade between two of the world's largest economies.

Wen made the remarks in a meeting in Beijing on August 29 with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. Wen said China and Japan have common interests in pushing forward regional cooperation, advancing the reform of the global economy and opposing trade protectionism.

He said the two countries should also focus on the "green economy," including recycling and environmental protection.

On August 28, Okada told journalists that he had urged China to improve its business environment. He reiterated compaints over perceived unfair policies and market restrictions hurting foreign enterprises.

compiled from agency reports