The First Japan-China Policy Dialogue on the Mekong Region

April 25, 2008

  1. The First Japan-China Policy Dialogue on the Mekong Region was convened in Beijing on April 25 (Fri.). The conference was attended by Mr. Kazuhide Ishikawa, Deputy Director -General of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other officials concerned from the Japanese side; and by Mr. Xu Chen, Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other officials concerned from the Chinese side.
  2. At the conference, the participants exchanged views on current situation of the Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) and shared information on their respective policies toward the region.
  3. The government of Japan indicated the importance of promoting ASEAN' integration by filling the gap in ASEAN countries through the assistance towards the Mekong region, and the economic potentials of the region for Japanese enterprises. The government also elucidated its policy towards the region including the Japan-Mekong Foreign Ministers' Meeting in the last January. The government of China elucidated issues such as the third GMS Summit in the last March. To promote development and stability of the region, two governments were consistent with the idea that reciprocal relations among Japan, China and the Mekong region should be built.
  4. Both governments agreed to continue this dialogue process, and the date and venue of the Second meeting will be coordinated through the diplomatic channel.

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