April 16, 2018 / 5:57 AM / 7 days ago

Japan's Kono says agreed with Chinese officials trade war would harm global economy

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Monday that he and senior Chinese officials shared an understanding that a trade war would have a serious effect on the world economy.

Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, and Taro Kono, Japan's foreign minister, pose during a photo session ahead of a high-level Japan-China economic dialogue in Tokyo, Japan, April 16, 2018. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool via Reuters

Kono also said it was possible that Japan would cooperate with China on the Belt and Road initiative on a case by case basis where international standards were met.

Kono was speaking to reporters after the first high-level economic dialogue between Japan and China in more than seven years. He and the Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, co-chaired the Tokyo meeting.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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