Kishida asked Xi to relax quarantine measures in China

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Bangkok on Nov. 17.

BEIJING — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to relax China’s quarantine measures against the coronavirus when the leaders met in Bangkok on Nov. 17, according to diplomatic sources.

During their talks, Kishida told Xi that the Chinese government’s mitigation measures are too strict.

Kishida’s remarks reflect the view that Beijing’s strict restrictions on people’s movements to totally contain infections under the country’s zero-COVID policy have negatively impacted the economic activities of Japanese companies and daily living of Japanese nationals in China.