Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Don't forget Japan in North Korea deal, Abe tells Trump

Aso comments on official's alleged harassment China FM visits Japan for talks on N Korea, regional issues
Andrew Cummings | 17 April, 2018, 18:47

Foreign Minister's visit to Japan is China's first foreign minister for bilateral talks since 2009.

It was the first visit to Japan by China's top diplomat in nearly a decade, according to a report from The Asahi Shimbun, and Premier Li Keqiang's trip for the summit in May will be a similarly rare event.

Finally, both Abe and Trump need a political boost. There had been nary a word of warning, much less consultation, for America's closest friend in the western Pacific. He will likely seek to get Trump to reverse his decision not to exclude Japan from new steel and aluminium tariffs, while resisting the United States leader's attempts to pull Japan into bilateral trade negotiations.

"Abe will want to know what Trump's trying to get out of the meeting and what he's willing to offer", Schoff said.

When Trump hosted Abe at his private Mar-a-Lago club just weeks after his inauguration, North Korea launched its first missile test of Trump's administration, and the two delivered a joint statement denouncing the launch.

"The world is moving toward dialogue with North Korea", the source said. Tokyo had worked throughout 2017 to ensure the U.S. -Japan alliance was militarily prepared to respond to a missile attack, at times synchronizing exercises with those of the U.S. and South Korean militaries.

As he left Japan, Abe told reporters that he would be reiterating Tokyo's "maximum pressure" policy towards Pyongyang, and that the "important abduction issue" would be high on his agenda.

This double blow came as a surprise to Abe: Since Trump became president, more than any other foreign politician, the Japanese PM had sought closer friendship with the United States leader. Five have been returned to Japan. Equally, the timing of economic talks between China and Japan, shortly before Abe meets Trump, is extremely interesting. His tough response to North Korean missile testing last year was a key part of his election campaign during last year's snap election. That summit is expected in May or early June.

Will North Korea's Kim meet with Japanese PM Abe? "And the smile is, 'I can't believe we've been able to take advantage of the United States for so long.' So those days are over". "You guarantee the survival of our regime, which means you pull back your troops, your sanctions".

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He'll be hoping this trip can bolster those numbers - which could come by winning support from Mr Trump to push Pyongyang on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and '80s by the North.

But U.S. and Japanese interests will be hard to reconcile if Trump proves too eager in his quest to find a historic breakthrough.

But even a commitment from Trump that he will demand a total dismantling of North Korea's nuclear program may not be enough to reassure the Japanese.

Under pressure from Republican lawmakers and governors from farm states last week, Trump asked his top economic advisers to take another look at the TPP, which Japan and other countries revived after the USA exit. In late March, Kim Jong-un visited Beijing and met with Xi Jinping.

Then there's the matter of trade.

China and Japan, Asia's two largest economic powers, on Monday (April 16) denounced protectionism as they vowed to set aside their traditional rivalry and work closely together to promote free trade and safeguard multilateral trade frameworks.

Many experts think Trump snubbed Japan on metal tariff exemptions to exert leverage on Tokyo to cut a trade deal.

Authorities of Japan and China expressed today their worries over a possible development of a trade war, prodded by the US protectionist strategies.

The Chinese foreign minister was also received today in the Japanese capital by prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who expressed his wish to improve economic cooperation with neighbor countries and third nations, keeping a system of free trade.

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