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President Obama to convey qualms about Senkaku situation to Xi

Today’s Nikkei claimed in a front-page story that during a summit with Chinese President Xi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hangzhou in early September, President Obama will express his apprehension about China’s naval operations around the Senkakus out of concern that the heightened tensions may end up triggering an unforeseen event. In a separate piece, the daily projected that the Chinese leader will probably ignore President Obama’s concern about the Senkakus and the South China Sea since he needs to maintain a hardline foreign policy in order to contain domestic criticism of his diplomatic stewardship.

 

Several Friday papers took up press remarks on Wednesday by DOS Press Office Director Trudeau, who said Washington is “concerned” about the increase of Chinese coast guard vessels in the vicinity of the Senkaku Islands. While quoting her as also saying, “We oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of the Senkaku Islands,” the papers explained that the critical tone of her language on the Chinese operation was stronger than that used on the previous day.

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