Trade volume between China and Japan hit a record US$211.3 billion in 2006,
accounting for 17.2 percent of Japan's overall foreign trade, and China is
expected to surpass the United States to become Japan's largest trade partner in
2007, said a senior official from the Beijing office of the Japan External Trade
China's imports from Japan increased 15.6 percent in 2006, compared with 8.8
percent in 2005. Japan expanded the exports of electronic components, vehicles
and automotive parts in 2006 for China to provide more products for the world
market to meet rising demand. Non-ferrous metals and plastics from Japan were
also popular in China.
Made-in-Japan digital products suck as high-grade digital cameras and
family-use digital videos were in great demand in China, and their exports saw a
year-on-year increase of 102.9 percent in 2006. Japanese sedan exports to China
rose 15.9 percent.
China's exports to Japan saw an 8.5 percent growth in 2006, much lower than
15.8 percent in 2005, mainly because Japan demanded less video products and
office machines and tightened control on agricultural product imports, said the
official. Japan's demand for televisions and audio-visual systems dropped 5.8
percent and that for office machines only rose two percent in 2006.
Japan issued a strict list system for agricultural chemical residues in foods
in 2006, which involves more than 50,000 temporary standards of maximum residue
limits and 700 agricultural chemicals. China has only 3,000 maximum residue
limits covering over 200 agricultural chemicals. Chinese food exports to Japan
increased 1.8 percent in 2006, of which fresh vegetable exports declined
sharply. Mushroom and pea exports decreased 27 and 34 percent.
Some Chinese products that had been shipped to Japan were on the list that
should be supplied to the domestic market first. As a result, coal and steel
exports decreased 18.8 and 6.7 percent respectively.
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