Vice President Pence on U.S.-Japan Alliance: A Cornerstone of Peace and Prosperity in the Asia Pacific

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands prior to a luncheon hosted by Abe at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands prior to a luncheon hosted by Abe at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Vice President Pence on U.S.-Japan Alliance: A Cornerstone of Peace and Prosperity in the Asia Pacific

While continuing his trip across the Asia Pacific, Vice President Pence traveled to Japan on April 18-19 and while there met with Prime Minister Abe to reaffirm the abiding friendship and enduring alliance between Japan and the United States. The Vice President also met with Japanese and American business leaders as well as members of the U.S. military stationed in the region to highlight the Administration’s economic agenda, and underscore America’s unwavering support for our troops at home and abroad.

Vice President Pence stated in a press conference with Prime Minister Abe, “The United States-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace, prosperity, and freedom in the Asia Pacific.  And under President Trump, America is committed to strengthening our alliance and deepening our friendship for the benefit of our people and for the benefit of the world.

“Under President Trump, the United States will continue to work with Japan and with all our allies in the region, including South Korea to confront the most ominous threat posing this region of the world, the regime in North Korea.  And let me be clear, our commitment is unwavering and our resolve could not be stronger,” he continued.

Vice President Pence also had the privilege of formally launching the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue during his visit. According to the Vice President, “This dialogue presents the United States and Japan with an opportunity to deepen our bilateral economic ties and to foster jobs, prosperity, and growth."

At a meeting with the U.S.-Japanese business community, Vice President Pence elaborated on the goals of the Economic Dialogue. He explained, “Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States seeks a stronger and more balanced bilateral trade relationship with Japan.  Our goal is simple:  We seek trade that is both free and fair and benefits both our nations equally.”

The Vice President also acknowledged the important political and military cooperation that exist between the two countries. He stated, “Today, over 50,000 U.S. service members and a further 50,000 civilians and family members are stationed here in Japan. And the United States will continue to deploy our most advanced military assets in the region.  And with regard to this challenge, let me be clear:  While all options are on the table, the United States will continue to work directly with Japan, our allies across the region, and China to bring economic and diplomatic pressure to bear on the regime in North Korea until they once and for all abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”

Vice President Pence shared a similar message from the deck of the USS Ronald Reagan at Yokosuka Naval Base, a tangible sign of our unity with Japan and the United States’ unyielding commitment to peace and security in the Asia Pacific.  

At each of his stops when speaking to these various audiences in Japan, the Vice President reiterated the U.S. commitment to its partner, stating in one instance:  “Today as we have for more than half a century, the United States and Japan stand united in defense of democracy and the rule of law, not only in this region, but all across the world.”

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