All national papers wrote that Prime Minister Abe and visiting Chinese Vice President Wang held talks yesterday and agreed to enhance mutual cooperation on the political and economic fronts to make President Xi’s trip to Japan scheduled for next spring a success. The premier also asked for China to exercise restraint in naval operations near the Senkakus and to release Japanese citizens, including a Hokkaido University professor, who have been detained in China. Abe voiced “deep concern” about the continued unrest in Hong Kong, urging China to resolve the conflict through dialogue.
According to Yomiuri, the prime minister referred to the detention of Japanese nationals and the Hong Kong situation in response to calls from LDP lawmakers, who said that even though the meeting was intended to be ceremonial, Abe should raise outstanding issues “without hesitation.” The daily added that the Chinese are anxious to deepen ties with Tokyo amid their testy relations with the Trump administration. Sankei noted that Abe spent more time exchanging views with Chinese officials than he did with other visiting foreign dignitaries, stressing that this is indicative of the importance he attaches to China.