President Donald J. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their first official meeting today at the White House. Following their meeting, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe released a joint statement affirming their determination to strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance and advance the two countries’ economic relationship.
In a joint statement, President Trump and Prime Minister Abe underscored, “The unshakable U.S.-Japan Alliance is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. commitment to defend Japan through the full range of U.S. military capabilities, both nuclear and conventional, is unwavering. Amid an increasingly difficult security environment in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States will strengthen its presence in the region, and Japan will assume larger roles and responsibilities in the alliance. The United States and Japan will continue to implement and expand defense cooperation as laid out in the 2015 U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines. The United States and Japan will further enhance cooperation with allies and partners in the region. The two leaders underscored the importance of maintaining international order based upon the rule of law.”
On the topic of the United States’ economic relationship with Japan, the two leaders highlighted, “The United States and Japan represent 30 percent of the world's GDP and share an interest in sustaining a strong global economy, ensuring financial stability, and growing job opportunities. To advance these interests, the President and the Prime Minister reaffirmed their commitments to using the three-pronged approach of mutually-reinforcing fiscal, monetary, and structural policies to strengthen domestic and global economic demand. The two leaders discussed opportunities and challenges facing each of their economies and the need to promote inclusive growth and prosperity in their countries, the Asia-Pacific region, and the world. They emphasized that they remain fully committed to strengthening the economic relationships between their two countries and across the region, based on rules for free and fair trade. This will include setting high trade and investment standards, reducing market barriers, and enhancing opportunities for economic and job growth in the Asia-Pacific.”
Prime Minister Abe invited President Trump for an official visit to Japan during the course of this year, and also welcomed a visit of Vice President Mike Pence to Tokyo. President Trump accepted these invitations.
Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also met with his Japanese counterpart, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, at the U.S. Department of State.
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