April 16, 2018 / 6:58 AM / a year ago

China's foreign minister tells Japan the two countries should oppose trade protectionism

Taro Kono, Japan's foreign minister, and Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, arrive for a high-level Japan-China economic dialogue in Tokyo, Japan, April 16, 2018. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool via Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said on Monday that China and Japan should jointly oppose trade protectionism, safeguard multilateral trade systems, and together promote an open world economy, according to a statement from China’s foreign ministry.

Wang, who is also state councillor, made the comments in Tokyo during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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