The Future of Asia 2012

Ex-China Foreign Minister Li Urges More Japan, China, U.S. Talk

Friday, May 25, 2012

TOKYO (Nikkei)--China's former Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, on Friday emphasized the need to strengthen dialogue between Japan, the U.S. and China on a broad range of issues.

Li said the Japan-China relationship must be developed to the same extent as that between the U.S. and China, in remarks at the annual Future of Asia conference in Tokyo.

Li called for "a new type of relations between China and the U.S. as two major powers," an idea advocated by Chinese President Hu Jintao. "This (model) can be applied to relations between China and Japan," Li said.

"Japan's advanced technology and experience in energy-saving and other environmental areas need to be shared with other Asian countries," Li said, arguing that the development of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy "will serve as a centerpiece for a new stage of growth."

To achieve sustainable growth in the regional economy, Japan "must play an active role in standard-setting efforts in the resource energy market," Li said.

Speaking on the ongoing economic turmoil worldwide, Li said: "Although the financial crisis originated in the U.S. and Europe has been dealt a blow, the global economy is quickly shifting its focus to Asia."

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.