Onaga eyes ‘dynamism’ in Asia, expecting economic exchange
April 13, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
As a member of the Association for the Promotion of International Trade, Japan, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga stayed in Beijing from April 10 to 13. On his return to Okinawa, Onaga said, “I feel there is dynamism in Asia. I expect an increase in exports of Okinawan products to China and also expect more Okinawan companies in such fields as IT and tourism to tap into the Chinese market.” Onaga visited China as a member of the association for the second time, following his first visit last year.
On April 11, Onaga met Gao Hucheng, Commerce Minister of China and then met Wang Yang, one of the four Vice Premiers of China on April 12. Onaga attended a round-table conference with Chinese trade organizations. At the conference, Onaga said he planned to accelerate exports of Okinawan and Japanese products to China by using Okinawa as a logistic hub. He stressed the importance of streamlining and speeding up customs clearing and quarantine in the Fujian Free Trade Zone. Onaga also suggested that Chinese companies create industrial clusters in Okinawa and promote economic exchange with the prefecture.
(English translation by T&CT)
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