Japan, US, EU plan trade talks

The trade ministers of Japan, the US and EU plan to hold talks in coming weeks, apparently to coordinate their response to practices by China.

The three representatives are Japanese Trade Minister Hagiuda Koichi, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, and the European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis.

They're aiming to meet on the sidelines of the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Switzerland, which gets underway at the end of this month.

They say their talks will address the challenges posed by "non-market policies and practices of third countries."

They're expected to discuss a unified response to trade practices by China and other countries that they say give preferential treatment to domestic businesses.