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Cablegate: Media Reaction Q Apec Summit - Tokyo

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION Q APEC SUMMIT - TOKYO


LEAD STORIES: All six Monday morning papers gave top play
to the victory of LDP-backed former Gov. Nakaima in
Sunday's Okinawa gubernatorial election.

1. "Japan's Called on To Lead Asia Economic Cooperation"
The top-circulation, moderate Yomiuri editorialized
(11/20): "The APEC summit in Hanoi has come to a close.
The declaration issued at the forum specified plans to
study a US proposal for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-
Pacific (FTAAP) and report the results at next year's
APEC summit in Australia. Early realization of an FTAAP,
however, will be difficult given the different political
systems and economic circumstances of APEC members and
the sense of wariness in the region toward the US. The
region represents a huge market, though, accounting for
about 60 percent of global GDP and 40 percent of the
world's population. From the perspective of creating open
regional cooperation, it would be meaningful for Japan to
explore the possibility of an FTAAP. The US made the
proposal out of concern over moves by Japan and China to
create frameworks for free trade that exclude the US....
The APEC summit declaration also stressed the importance
of the Doha Round of WTO multilateral trade negotiations,
which collapsed this summer. Japan should play a leading
role in restarting the stalemated Doha Round at an early
date."

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2. "Creating an Effective Policy of Dialogue and
Pressure" An editorial in the business-oriented Nihon
Keizai commented (11/20): "Leaders from the US, Japan,
and China met each other on the sidelines of the APEC
summit held November 18-19 in Hanoi.... The US and Japan,
which want to see specific results leading to North
Korea's denuclearization, remain at odds with China,
which is prioritizing a resumption of the six-party
talks. PM Abe's meeting with Chinese President Hu
underscored the fact that Japan-China relations have
taken a turn for the better since his visit to Beijing
last month. President Bush, meanwhile, pronounced US-
China relations 'very good' after meeting with President
Hu. For the first time, there is now an environment in
which the three countries can work together closely to
get North Korea to abandon its nuclear programs. We hope
the US, Japan, and China will take this opportunity to
adopt an effective approach combining dialogue and
pressure to this end."

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