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RDCY visits Japan for long-term cooperation amid warming ties


After seven years, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially visited China again on October 25-27. During three days, the two sides reached a 12-point consensus and 52 cooperation agreements, marking Sino-Japanese cooperation entered a "new era". On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between China and Japan and the warming up of China-Japan ties, Jia Jinjing, deputy director of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY), and Guan Zhaoyu, an associate researcher, went to Japan to give lectures and investigation from October 22 to 26. They also visited a number of Japanese think tanks, universities and related institutions, and had exchanges with Japanese former political figures, business leaders and academic elites on a series of issues such as the international situation, the “Belt and Road” cooperation, and the Sino-US trade friction.

On the morning of October 23, RDCY delegation visited the parliament of Japan at the invitation of relevant Japanese institutions. The organizer explained in detail the history and current situation of the Japanese parliament, and highlighted the Japanese parliamentarians who made significant contributions to the promotion of Sino-Japanese friendship. At noon, team of RDCY went to Japan's well-known think tank Japan Research Institute for exchanges. The two sides had in-depth discussions on the Japan’s expectations of the “Belt and Road”, the macroeconomics of Japan, and the new economy of China. In the afternoon, Jia Jinjing gave a speech entitled "Connecting the World via China" at the invitation of the Pacific Asian Exchange Association of Japan.

On October 24, RDCY delegation visited University of Japan, and Hiyoshi Hidematsu, a famous expert on China received them. He said that RDCY, as a new type of think tank in China, has had excellent performance in recent years. Japan-China relations are one of the most important bilateral relations for both sides. Today, only Japan and China maintain sincere and comprehensive cooperation to eliminate unnecessary suspicions and build mutual trust, which can make two states’ relations in a long-term stable state. He hoped that with Abe’s visit to China, under the background of the warming up of Sino-Japanese relations, the cooperation with RDCY will be strengthened in the future.

On October 25, RDCY crews attended the Japan Forum on International Relations. Jia Jinjing gave a keynote speech on the international cooperation under the "Belt and Road". Japan expressed concern about the RMB exchange rate, China's stock market, and third-party market cooperation. Jia Jinjing responded to Japan’s concerns from the perspective of global trends, macroeconomics, and the “Belt and Road” cooperation. After the meeting, the two sides agreed on strengthening research cooperation, building more dialogue platforms for Sino-Japanese exchanges, and expanding Sino-Japanese cultural exchange.

On October 26, RDCY team visited the Chinese Embassy in Japan and met with Minister Counselor Lv Guijun. Jia Jinjing introduced the cooperation between RDCY and Japanese think tanks, universities and other related institutions, as well as the research results of RDCY in the “Belt and Road”, and presented books and reports. Lv Guijun expressed his appreciation and support for RDCY’s visit to Japanese think tanks, which promoted Japan's understanding of the "Belt and Road" Initiative.

Key Words: RDCY   Chinese think tank   Japan   exchanges  

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