Japan and China agree to greater IT cooperation

The governments of Japan and China agreed last Friday to promote cooperation in the field of information technology.

Recognizing the need for greater links between researchers in the field of information technology, the two governments said they would promote greater technological development between their nations. They also agreed to cooperate on experiments concerning next-generation Internet technologies and work on distance education and medical system development.

Japan also said it would look into making it easier for Chinese researchers to obtain visas to visit Japan.

The points were published in a paper, “Results and Progress in Joint Efforts Towards the 21st Century,” issued following a meeting between Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori in Tokyo Friday morning. The meeting, which did not touch on IT issues because of time constraints according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman, overran the allotted 90 minutes by around one hour.

The paper covers developments and updates in 33 areas agreed by Japan and China to be the focus of their efforts to build greater ties. The 33 areas were first agreed when Chinese President Jiang Zemin visited Japan two year ago.

Zhu Rongji arrived in Japan yesterday and is here for six days on an official visit.