Abe, Obama may meet in Russia

JIJI

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama may hold bilateral talks on the fringe of a two-day summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in St. Petersburg, Russia, from Sept. 5, Japanese government officials said Tuesday.

If the bilateral summit is set up, they would discuss issues related to Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations and policy toward China, the officials added.

Abe and Obama would likely talk about how to improve relations between Japan and China, which have deteriorated over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, as the U.S. is increasingly concerned about the strained ties, the officials said.