But for brief Media Releases and an article in the favoured Australian newspaper most details will be kept confidential.
Japan and the US both have a harder line than Australia to China's actions in the South China and also East China Seas. Both countries may see Australian policies to be too conciliatory towards China - Australia being mindful China is Australian No.1 trade partner.
To encourage Australia to have a harder line on Chinese activities it is no coincidence that the Japanese and possibly US Governments were the sources of a Japanese Sankei News article breaking the news of Chinese interruption of Australian patrol activities in the South China Sea. The article most significantly describes a Chinese jetfighter interception of an Australian patrol aircraft in the South China Sea on September 16, 2016. See my analysis of January 12, 2017.
The early January 2017 timing of the Sankei article is important as it was published just before Abe's visit to Australia. The article could therefore influence the Japan-Australia discussions in the direction Japan wants.
Abe, Turnbull and their trade ministers are also likely to discuss the financial-economic strategies and implications of any US reversal of its previous intention to join the TPP
Abe will visit Indonesia, from January 15, and then Vietnam.