Abe Seeks Easing of U.S.-China Trade Tensions


Buenos Aires, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his hope to see an easing of U.S.-China trade friction, at a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Friday.

It is clear that such a trade battle will benefit no one, Abe told Xi, indicating that he hopes Washington and Beijing will take advantage of a U.S.-China summit on Saturday in improving their trade relations.

Abe stressed that he expects Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump will hold meaningful discussions at the Saturday meeting in Buenos Aires and constructively make contributions to talks at the two-day summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in the Argentine capital through Saturday.

For a fundamental solution to the problem, China needs to take concrete steps on such issues as its industrial subsidies and practice of requiring foreign firms operating in China to transfer their technologies to the country, as well as matters related to intellectual property protection, Abe said.

Japanese sources with access to the Abe-Xi meeting did not unveil how the Chinese leader responded to Abe's remarks.

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